By Suzanne Monaghan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Phone scammers have recently been heavily targeting areas of Delaware and Chester counties.

The caller claims to be from the U.S. Treasury.

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“Ignoring this will be an intentional second attempt to avoid initial appearance before a magistrate judge or grand jury for a federal criminal offense,” the message claims.

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They use scare tactics in the hopes that you’ll pay up and turn over your personal information to avoid criminal charges. Detective Sergeant Michael Langdale with Upper Providence Police Department says his office has been flooded with reports of this scam over the past week. And he warns people to never give out that personal information.

“If the IRS has your tax return and thinks you’ve bilked them out of things, they have your social already,” he explains. “They have your date of birth. There’s no reason for them to ask you for it.”

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You can report a scam by calling 1-800-366-4484.