Hamilton County Woman Becomes Victim Of IRS Scam

Scam Alert
Posted at 3:55 PM, Apr 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-17 15:55:00-04

HAMILTON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL)--A woman in Hamilton County is scammed out of nearly $70,000.

Sheriff Harrell Reid says the caller pretended to be with the IRS. The person told the woman she owed money for her delinquent taxes, and to deposit the money in an account. It happened last week.

When she got to the Bank of America in Jasper to withdraw money, the caller was still on the phone with her.

The sheriff's office says the bank manager told her to contact deputies because she was being scammed, but she ignores the advice.

Then another call comes in with someone claiming to be a Hamilton County deputy. He then goes on to say he has a federal warrant for tax evasion.

The frightened woman then goes to banks in Live Oak and Valdosta and deposits money into the account. When the scammer couldn't get any more money because a freeze on an account, he tells the woman to put the money on prepaid cards, which she did, $40,000 worth.

Sheriff Reid says the IRS will never ask for money this way. He says law enforcement will not call someone and say they have a warrant out for their arrest. To read more about these scams and how to protect yourself, click here