RUMFORD — Police are seeking help from the public following an increase of counterfeit bills being used at area businesses. Additionally, Chief Stacy Carter said Wednesday by email that a bogus Internal Revenue Service claim is making the rounds, trying to separate people from their money.

“There has been an increase in the number of reports of businesses having counterfeit bills turned in,” Carter said. “There have been incidents of 10 and 20 dollar bills circulating.”

He advised business clerks and owners to better scrutinize cash prior to accepting it.

“Anyone with information is asked to call their local police department,” he said. To contact Rumford police, call 364-4551.

“We have also seen several instances of phone scams,” Carter said.

“Callers are reporting receiving calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS and needing money sent immediately or face jail. This is a common scam, and citizens are reminded to not give out any personal information or send money. The IRS will not contact you in this way.”

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