Scammer Claiming to be From IRS Demanding Payment in iTunes Gift Cards
Though it’s past tax season, we still receive sporadic reports of victims falling prey to variations of the IRS Tax Scam.
On June 6, 2016, we received a complaint of a citizen who received a bogus call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent. The suspect advised the victim that she owed more than $2,000 in back taxes and that there was a warrant out for her arrest. The suspect advised that not only did the victim owe back taxes but she also had to pay more than $4,000 to have the warrant for her arrest cancelled.
The suspect advised the victim to send payment in the form of Apple iTunes gift cards. The suspect further instructed the victim not to tell anyone about the situation to include friends, family, or the police.
The victim complied.
We would like to remind our residents that the IRS does not contact you in this manner. They also do not demand payment in the form of Apple iTunes gift cards nor do they tell you not to tell anyone about the situation.