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IRS Phone Scam Pops Back Up In Bay County

MGN Online

An old phone scam is popping back up in the Bay County area.

The Bay County Sheriff’s office wants residents to be aware of the IRS phone scam.

Authorities say the IRS [Internal Revenue Service] will never call a person and demand they pay their taxes using a gift card.

They also say residents should never give away the transaction number to a gift card to anyone they don’t know.

A few months ago, the sheriff’s office also received numerous complaints about the IRS phone scam with the scammer wanting to receive payment through a gift card or green dot money card.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.