GLEN ROCK, N.J. — A Glen Rock woman is down hundreds of dollars after falling victim to what police are calling a known scam involving gift cards.
On Oct. 6, the woman reported receiving an unsolicited call from an individual demanding payment, while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS, Chief Dean Ackermann said.
The man instructed her to go to a CVS or Walgreens and purchase $500 in pre-paid iTunes gift cards to submit payment, according to the chief.
After making the first payment, the victim was then defrauded out of an additional $100 in the same manner.
"The detective bureau is reviewing this matter which is a known scam, most often perpetrated by individuals from overseas," Ackermann said.
The IRS advises taxpayers that their representatives:
- Never ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.
- Never insist that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
- Never request immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies.
If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), call and report the incident to Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1 (800) 366-4484.
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