Authorities Warn of IRS Scam Making Rounds Targeting Elderly

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RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. (WOLO) – Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is warning citizens of a scam involving the Internal Revenue Service that seems to be picking up momentum again.

In a release, Lott said the suspects behind the scam are ramping up their efforts to steal citizens hard earned money.

According to Lott, senior citizens can fall prey and become embarrassed to tell anyone about how much money they’ve lost to these criminals.

Authorities say anyone who suffered a financial loss from such a scam should report it to police by calling 911.

·       beware of phone calls or letters claiming that you have won the lottery or sweepstakes

·       beware of phone calls claiming they are the IRS

·       beware of phone calls claiming they are law enforcement collecting money

·       be suspicious of any call asking for money

You can find more information about phone scams on the FBI’s website.

If you have information that can assist with solving these types of crimes, please contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways: call 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), text to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC,” followed by the tip information or go to: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the “Submit a tip” tab.

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