The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents about a potential scam.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents about a potential scam.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, a female reported she received a phone call from a male advising her he was with Microsoft computer virus office. The male informed her she purchased the wrong virus protection and they needed to get into her computer and download a different version. After the female gave them the computers I.P. address they informed her they had a refund and talked her into giving them her credit/debit card information. The victim advised she didn’t feel comfortable after that and called her bank who advised they immediately took approximately $900 out of the account in another state. The victim was able to cancel her bank account and debit card. Since the scammers had her IP address, the victim was told to unplug her computer and to disconnect the internet due to the fact they could get into her computer and steal any personal information at any time.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office warns not to give any personal information out over the telephone. Do not give out your computer IP address.

There has been a rise in telephone complaints on scammers claiming they are from the IRS lately. The scammers are informing possible victims they owe money and if they don’t pay, they will either begin civil process or send Law Enforcement to arrest them. The Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens The IRS does not work that way and to visit www.irs.gov to catch up on the latest scams using the IRS name.

Do not give out personal information, such as bank account information, credit card information, or Social Security numbers over the phone.