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IRS phone scam costs Lewiston man $4,000

LEWISTON – A Page Avenue man is out $4,000 after falling for a telephone scam by someone posing as an IRS agent.

The victim told police that he received a call earlier this week from a man claiming to be an IRS agent, saying that his tax returns had been audited for the past seven years and that several fraudulent claims had been identified. The caller told the victim that he owed $3,985 and that a warrant was being issued for his arrest.

He was also told that the amount could climb as high as $35,000 if he challenged the findings in court. But, he could avoid arrest by paying the entire amount that day by using gift cards for an electronic funds transfer.

The victim purchased $4,000 worth of gift cards and gave the identification numbers to the caller. He later went on the IRS web site and learned that the call was a scam. Upon checking the gift card balances, he learned that all of the money had already been withdrawn from the accounts.

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