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BOISE -- The Better Business Bureau says they've gotten reports of scammers calling and posing as police officers or IRS agents who want information.

Here's how it works:the scammer typically says there's a warrant out for the victim's arrest, and they need to verify information so that their intended victim doesn't get arrested.

Farid Anani of Meridian, says he received a call from someone pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service, demanding that he wire money to clear up a warrant.

Everything sounded legit at that time, immediately my mind started racing. I thought, maybe, there is an identity theft case where somebody stole my identity, said Anani, who received the scam call.

Anytime you get a call like that and the threat of arrest or a police officer on the line, you're anxious. You get excited a little bit, and so you start to not think properly, and that's the whole idea behind the scam. Is that they want to excite you, get you off balance, so that you will give that information out. said Rob Hicken with the BBB.

Officials say these calls are targeting people in Ada and Canyon Counties, and remind you to never give out sensitive information over the phone.

If you think, you've been a victim of this scam contact the BBB at 208-342-4649 or your local court administrator.

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