The 82-year-old woman told police that the caller told her she owed $5000 in back taxes and needed to clear up the matter.
She told the caller she only had a few hundred dollars in her checking account. The caller then told her she needed to go to Walgreen’s and purchase an Apple card, and mail it to them. She hung up and phoned police.
IRS officials remind residents that they will never call to demand immediate payment and will not call about owed taxes without first sending a bill in the mail.
Also, the IRS will not demand that taxes are paid in a certain way, for instance with a prepaid debit card, nor will they ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone or threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest someone for not paying.
Anyone receiving such a call is encouraged to report the call on the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page or call 800-366-4484.