On June 11, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department reported it had received a scam complaint.

On June 11, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department reported it had received a scam complaint. 

The complaint came from a concerned citizen reporting two males with heavy accents saying they were agents with the sheriff’s department. They told the victim they were collecting back taxes and advised her to go to a CVS Pharmacy and purchase Green Dot pre-paid cards in $500 increments. 

When the victim told them she was going to call the police, they strongly advised her not to get a third party involved, saying if she did they would come to her house and arrest her for disobeying them.

The victim advised the number which showed up on caller ID belonged to the sheriff’s department. The sheriff reported these calls are coming from  “spoofed” numbers or randomly selected working numbers on caller ID.  The number the scammers are using for call back are (866) 267-3298 or (888) 370-9587.

Anyone with information or questions about these incidents is asked to call Detective Tyler Wheeler at (573) 221-6400.

These are the recommended steps in the event someone believes they have been scammed:

· If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at  (800) 829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.

· 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), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366.4484.

If you've been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.