Sheriff's Office Warns Of IRS Scam

Police say a Carroll County man falls victim to scammers claiming to be the IRS—and they warn other area residents to be aware of similar schemes.
“An individual received a suspicious phone call from a man claiming to be with the IRS and he demanded a money payment via Pay Pal,” according to Captain Jeff Richards with the Carroll County Sheriff’s office.
What made the victim more vulnerable is that he did have previous dealings with the IRS.
“So, he thought this may be legitimate,” Richards said.
The victim was unable to make a payment through Pay Pal, so the alleged scammer requested he use a Green Dot Card through Wal-Mart.
“The voice on the other end of the phone gave the victim a timeline for him to pay the money or his driver’s license would be suspended and the sheriff’s office would be out to get him,” Richards said.
Richards says typically the IRS will work through a claims representative and correspond through mail. “… and they’ll have you meet with them in person,” he says. “They will not call you on a Saturday and they do not send warrants for us to make an arrest on a Saturday afternoon.”
Investigators say they suspect this scam to be another that originates out of Nigeria.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Carroll County
People : Jeff Richards