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Woman lose $900 in IRS phone scam

TOWN OF NIAGARA – A Packard Road woman fell victim last week to an ongoing scam involving purported representatives of the Internal Revenue Service trying to collect back taxes.

The woman told sheriff’s deputies that she received a call from a man with a “Middle Eastern” accent, who claimed to be from the Treasury Department of the IRS. She said they spoke for two hours about monies supposedly owed from her 2012 federal tax return. The caller threatened to have the woman arrested if she did not pay the money owed.

The woman followed instructions and went to a local 7-Eleven store, where she purchased $900 worth of iTunes gift cards, then called the man and gave him the information from the cards so that he could access the money. Later, the woman called an IRS information number and learned that she had been scammed. She was advised to cancel the Apple gift cards in an attempt to recoup her money.