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Tyler woman falls victim to fake IRS call


A woman in Tyler is short several thousand dollars after a phony IRS call.

The woman received the call Thursday that she and her husband were in trouble with the IRS.

She was told that if she did not send a large sum of money for back taxes owed, she and her husband would have warrants out for their arrest by the end of the day, according to Public Information Officer Don Martin, with the Tyler Police Department.

Believing the caller, she withdrew large sums of money. The suspect kept her on the phone throughout the day, giving her instructions on how to ultimately send the money to an unknown destination by utilizing Green Dot Cards - gift cards.

The department said con artists use several ways of collecting money, including Western Union, Money Gram and any form of loadable credit/debit cards, including gift cards or any other type of reloadable bank card.

The department warned residents to never send money unless they have double checked and identified who they are sending cash to. If the person requests any multiple transactions that includes multiple cash amounts, multiple cards, multiple wires, these are indicators of a scam in progress, according to police reports.

Police said common scams include the IRS seeking back taxes; failure to show for jury duty; a family member in trouble with medical or arrest issues; lottery winnings requiring pay for processing fees and taxes; and investment schemes for real estate or business opportunities.

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