Scammers use Washington DC area code to mask phony calls

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- If you get a call from a 202 area code that you're not expecting, you might want to let it go to voice mail and think twice about calling back.

There are reports of several different scams going around originating from a 202 area code, which identifies it as Washington, D.C. But those scammers may be calling your phone from another country, using the D.C. area code to mask their identities.

The IRS has warned that the latest phone scam involves a call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent and demanding immediate payment to settle a tax bill. The phony agents ask victims to purchase a prepaid money card to settle a tax debt.

Another scam appears to involve someone impersonating a representative of the federal government calling to offer federal grant money.

If you receive a call from an unrecognized number and believe it may be a scam, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission by email at

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