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Light Snow and Rain Expected

A quick-moving system will move through tonight and early Thanksgiving morning producing rain and snow showers. Tonight light rain will push through Middle TN. Snow showers will be likely along and north of I-40, with some accumulation in S. KY and the Cumberland Plateau. 1-2 is possible along the Plateau by early Thurs. morning. Up to .5 inch is possible in S. KY and nearby TN counties. Those along the I-40 corridor will see flurries with little to no accumulation. Roads will become slick along the Plateau overnight and early Thurs. morning.

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IRS Phone Scam Hits Middle Tennessee

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People from all over the country are falling victim to an IRS phone scam, which has recently hit Middle Tennessee. These IRS impersonators are calling up their targets, unsuspecting taxpayers and often immigrants, and demanding that they pay taxes they don't even owe, by either loading money on a prepaid card or sending it via a wire transfer. Those who refuse to pay immediately are then threatened by the "official IRS agent" with consequences such as jail time, deportation, a home visit by an IRS representative, loss of a business, or the suspension of a business or driver's license.
 
In order to convince people that they are real IRS agents, the scammers use several tricks including a program to make the IRS's toll-free number appear on the caller ID, call center background noise, and false agent badge numbers. If the target is not already convinced, the scammer mentions the last four digits of the person's Social Security number, and this complex scam goes even further. Those who hang up on the caller may receive another call soon after from a scammer claiming to be a police officer or a DMV agent.
 
Mary Pitts of Fayetteville, experienced such a call, but knew something wasn't right.  The caller, with an Indian accent and caller ID number of 202.506.9044, told her she needed to pay her taxes immediately or suffer the consequences, but Ms. Pitts was on the ball. After hanging up on the scammer, he called three more times trying to bully her into sending money.


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