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Portland woman using personal experience to protect others from scammers

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PORTLAND (WGME) -- With tax season comes scammers; something Joanne Ham now knows all too well.

Ham says she got a call Friday from someone claiming to be the IRS. This called told her she owed $9,000 in back taxes. Ham didn't fall victim to the scam, instead she played along to see if she could get any information about who this person was and where they were calling from.

Ham said all she got were threats. The person on the other end of the phone told her if she didn't pay them today the police would show up at her door.

"These people, I don't understand how they sleep at night. They're very dangerous people, very intimidating people and they shouldn't be on the phone doing this," said Ham.

Ham hopes sharing her story will save people from thinking the callers are really from the IRS.

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