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Scammer Tells Victim He’s from IRS

KSAL Staff - October 16, 2014 11:02 am

A Salina man is scammed over the phone.

According to Captain Mike Sweeney, a 26-year-old man received a phone call from a male with a middle eastern accent on Wednesday morning.

The caller claimed to be an IRS agent who told the victim they owed the government $1,100 for delinquent taxes.

The victim said he only had $300 – and the suspect said his fine would be forgiven if he sent the amount via a prepaid cash card.

The victim purchased a card at Walgreens on S. Broadway for $300 and gave the caller the access numbers.

Later that afternoon the Salina man had second thoughts about the transaction and contacted police.

Total loss is $300.