State Police warn of scam
Woman complains to local authorities
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:00 PM
Another public scam has moved into Indiana and has raised its head in Montgomery County.
The Indiana State Police has warned of a scam involving individuals claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, stated a press release.
"Officials are investigating a phone scam involving callers who impersonate Internal Revenue Service representatives and demand immediate payments with pre-paid debit cards and wire transfers," the press release stated. "The caller often claims the victim owes thousands of dollars in overdue taxes. According to the IRS the agency would always make contact with the taxpayer first by mail or with a personal visit."
If the person receiving the call resists, the caller threatens the victim with arrest.
"The IRS doesn't have the authority to issue warrants," the State Police release stated.
The State Police is making information about the scam known statewide.
"I am only aware of one (in Montgomery County,)" Sheriff Mark Casteel said Tuesday.
A woman told a jail staff member that she had been contacted and Casteel told the jail staff member to alert local media.
"In this scam, as with most of them, the calls are originating from cell phones or over the internet from all over the U.S. and tracking down the 21st century con artist is no easy task," State Police warns. "The State Police feel that a well-informed public is the best defense in combating scammers and remind everyone that these phone scams and cybercrimes are becoming commonplace."
If you feel you have been a victim of a scam, you can contact either the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department at (765)362-3740, the Crawfordsville City Police at (765)362-3762 or you contact the Treasury Inspector General on the web at: http://tinyurl.com/os62oqs.