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VERBATIM: U.S. charges IRS imposters at home and abroad

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More than 15,000 victims, including many new immigrants to the United States and the elderly, were targeted by a complex fraud scheme involving a network of call centers originating in India. This transnational criminal ring targeted victims in the United States. Impersonating the IRS, impersonating immigration officials. Impersonating police and other US and state and local government officials.
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In the process these criminals took hundreds of millions of dollars from this scam alone. These crimes took place in the United States. And under our laws we have jurisdiction over fraud that essentially occurs in the United States whether the perpetrators are inside or outside the United States. So these people were calling the United States, that by itself would give us jurisdiction.
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>> Today we have arrested individuals in the United States as part of this scheme. And we will continue working with our foreign law enforcement partners to pursue additional people indicted in this case, who are in India.>> Do not, Americans, let your guard down. These people are persistent.
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And so if you get phone calls, and I do expect that these people are resilient and will not give up. My advice to you is to just hang up.