Representatives from the Dieterich Bank are warning people in the area about an ongoing scam.
They have been made aware that local citizens were victims to this IRS tax phone scam in the past week. The victim receives a phone call from someone posing as an IRS agent to collect taxes owed, the caller ID shows the IRS. The caller is very aggressive, using the common fear of the IRS to rattle the victim. They provide their name and badge number, sounding very authentic. They vigorously pursue the victim telling them they must pay immediately or they may be arrested, assets may be seized, more penalties will apply, etc. Each of these two victims were kept on their cell phones while they went to a bank to cash out $6,000 and went to purchase money grams or other cash transfers to send to the thieves. They were also told to put those receipts in an envelope and mail it to the IRS. They were not allowed to hang up until everything was completed. This may sound like something a person should recognize, but with tax day recently occurring the scam plays on fears of the IRS.