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Elderly Jamestown man cheated out of $4,000 in IRS phone scam

JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Police Friday are investigating the IRS telephone scam that recently cost an elderly city resident more than $4,000 worth of money orders sent to what proved to be a phony Las Vegas IRS address.

Capt. Robert Samuelson, head of the police administrative division, said the cheated resident was told by telephone that he owed the IRS money and had to pay it or face being arrest.

While that case is under investigation, Samuelson stressed that everyone should know the IRS never makes telephone threats demanding immediate payment of alleged tax debts.

“No one should ever give any personal information to anyone they don’t know over the telephone and should never send any funds via money order for anything they don’t think is legitimate,” Samuelson said. “Scammers use special programs on their phones that can change call identification to read whatever the scammers wish the victim to see” no matter where they are really calling from, he added.

“Those who may have elderly family members or friends should help to advise those individuals of this particular scam to help avoid this scam,” he said. “And anyone who may have questions on this can contact their local police agency for assistance,” Samuelson said.