Tax scam over phone targets county residents

By Calbert Gillett
Special to Independent Newsmedia

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public of phone scammers targeting Maricopa County resdients.

These scammers claim to work for the Internal Revenue Service or other law enforcement agencies. They tell residents they are behind on their taxes and/or have a warrant for their arrest.

The scammers instruct residents to withdraw cash, purchase money orders or gift cards and provide them the card numbers.

They are falsely identifying themselves as Lt. Tom Jackson from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Although news media outlets have publicized this scam many times, some residents remain vulnerable. Fortunately, none have become victims in this latest outbreak. Through April, there were about 14 reports to MCSO on this scam.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Internal Revenue Service want the public to know that MCSO and the IRS do not contact residents by phone requesting payment for a warrant or taxes and will not accept any type of gift cards as payment.

Anyone who learns of any of this activity are urged to contact MCSO immediately at 602-876-1011.

Editor’s Note: Mr. Gillett is an MCSO public information officer.

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