Sheriff: IRS tax call is a hoax
Sheriff Bob Alford has learned of one Johnson County resident who was targeted in an IRS tax scam. The resident discovered the scam, but contacted the sheriff's office to prevent others from falling victim.
Alford has released several tips recently related to IRS tax scams, and the resident is a recipient of the tips.
The resident was informed that through a mathematical mistake, $12,000 was owed on personal taxes from 2009-14. The resident was asked to relinquish $2,000 within an hour of receiving the call. The caller requested that tax paperwork be sent with the $2,000 payment. In return, a receipt would be provided. But, should he not comply immediately, the resident was told he would be arrested immediately.
The caller reportedly had a heavy accent, possibly from India, a report from the sheriff's office reads. Alford is encouraging all residents to "stay vigilant in recognizing IRS and other scams," and to share information related to this and other confirmed scams with family and friends.