A telephone scam involving someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service is popping up in the area, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.
Chief Deputy Tracy Zuver said reports have surfaced in Defiance that a man with a foreign accent identifying himself as IRS Agent Kevin Peterson calls potential victims and tells them they owe back taxes. To support his claim, the man gives the victim an identification code he says the IRS issued to him.
The man tells the person he holds a warrant for their arrest, but can they forego it by making a payment on the taxes. The person is directed to obtain a money order for a designated amount, then call (213) 289-0373 for directions on where to send the money.
Zuver said the caller instructs the victim not to tell the money order vendor the reason for the purchase. The caller can have access to the victim’s land line telephone and cell phone numbers He may also use other threats, such as a lawsuit against the victim.
A victim who reported the scam said he immediately hung up on the caller, only to receive a follow-up call threatening retribution.
According to Zuver, the scam has not yet been reported in Fulton County. He said the IRS conducts business involving back taxes through the court system, not by telephone, and would not claim to have an arrest warrant.
Citizens with reports of the scam, or questions, can call the sheriff’s office at (419) 335-4010.