After Several IRS Phone Scam Complaints, LCSO Urges Leon Residents To Be Careful

Jul 19, 2018

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A recurring scam has made its way back to Leon County.

Leon County Sheriff’s office spokesman Deputy Dave Teems says his agency has gotten several complaints about IRS scammers.

“People call in,” he said. “They tell you that they’re with the IRS. They tell you that you owe money. They’re going to come and arrest you, if you don’t pay them. When you ask them about payment options, it’s usually something to deal with gift cards or prepaid visa cards.”

Essentially, Teems says he wants area residents to remember one big tidbit.

“The biggest thing that I would say is legitimate government agencies are not going to ask you for gift cards,” he added. “Especially with the IRS, they’re only going communicate any kind of debt you may owe through the U.S. Postal Service. Anytime, you get these phone calls, just understand it’s going to be a scam.”

So, Teems urges would-be victims not to pay the money and call the IRS directly, if they have any doubts.

“Typically, we're seeing that older residents are a little bit more vulnerable,” he continued. “They [scammers] use scare tactics of people going to jail, and then, they won’t even threaten you sometimes, they’ll say, ‘we’re going to put your family members in jail.’ So, a lot of times, because they don’t understand how that works and what’s going on, they’re usually a little more susceptible to falling for these schemes.”

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