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Woman gets conned in back-taxes scam

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A Stafford woman is out $25,000 after falling prey to a scam artist pretending to be an IRS agent, police said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said that on July 8, the woman got a call from a woman claiming to be “Anna” with the IRS. Anna told the victim, who is in her 40s, that she owed back taxes from 2007 to 2012.

The victim asked if she could pay with a check, Kennedy said, but was told to pay using Visa gift cards and to give Anna the card numbers.

Anna called back later and said the gift card numbers were “blocked” and that the victim would need to send new ones.

Over the course of about a week, the victim paid about $25,000 to the fictitious agent. She reported the incidents to the Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

The victim’s daughter was also contacted by a phony IRS agent, but did not send any money. A woman using the name “Fran” told the daughter that she owed back taxes, as well, and would be arrested the next day if she didn’t pay.

Kennedy reiterated that the IRS does not call residents on the phone to inform them of back taxes and that residents receiving such a call should hang up and immediately call the Sheriff’s Office.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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