Man loses $1K to 'IRS' scammer
Published 5:28 pm, Wednesday, October 15, 2014
A local man lost $1,000 after falling for an IRS phone scam Oct. 7, according to police.
The 32-year-old West Avenue resident told police he received a call from a woman named Fiona Paul who claimed to be with the IRS, police said. The woman told the victim that he owed the IRS $1,535.35 in unpaid taxes from a company he owned three years prior, according to police.
The woman told the victim that if he did not pay the IRS a warrant would be issued for his arrest, police said. She also told the victim that he could pay the debt only with Greendot money cards, police said.
The man purchased three $500 cards from local pharmacies and read the card numbers to Paul, police said.
After the victim hung up, he became suspicious and called Greendot, police said. Their fraud department was able to cancel one of the money cards, but not the other two, according to police.