IRS Scam Costs Elderly Area Resident $2,500

BELL COUNTY (July 31, 2014) An elderly Bell County woman was snared in an IRS phone scam that cost her $2,500, sheriff’s Lt. Donnie Adams said Thursday.

The woman, who was not identified, told deputies on Tuesday that she had received a phone call from a man who identified himself as “Officer Daniel Stewart with the IRS,” Adams said.

The man told the woman she owned $2,500 in back taxes and said a warrant would be issued for her arrest if she didn’t pay that amount immediately using a credit or debit card, Adams said.

The woman told deputies she went to Temple and Belton where she used the Vanilla Reload Network to purchase five prepaid cards and then called the man back at a 202 area code and gave him the card numbers, Adams said.

When sheriff’s investigators attempted to call the number, no one answered, Adams said.

“This case has been referred to the IRS for further investigation,” he said.

Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange urged residents to be careful when responding to calls from unknown people who want to settle a debit immediately over the phone.