IRS scam targets residents in the Chattahoochee Valley

IRS scam targets residents in the Chattahoochee Valley

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - "I didn't ever think it would happen to me," says Columbus resident Vicky Jones.

Jones lives with her husband and her dog. She says early Thursday morning she received a phone call from someone claiming to be the IRS.

"They were telling me that they've tried to contact me four times in the past and they were going to have a warrant signed out for me," says Jones.

That's when she says she realized it was a scam. The Columbus Police Department's Financial Crimes Unit says the scam is hitting the Columbus and East Alabama area very hard. They released this message on their Facebook page saying:

"If you get a call, hang up and report the number to FCC.gov. There is no need to make a police report with local authorities or to call 911."

WTVM's Tony Sloan placed a call to the number that called Jones this morning, and after being told he worked for News Leader 9, whoever responded disconnected the call. 

Representatives with tax companies across the Chattahoochee Valley say they've received their fair share of calls from elderly customers.

"I know from my own clients I've gotten probably about 20 calls. So I'd estimate since May I've gotten about 100 calls, " says Gregory Blue with Blue Fast Tax.

Jones says she understands how some people fall for the scam.

"If I had been asleep or maybe a little bit older, I might've gotten a little worried about that phone call this morning," says Jones.

Some people in some parts of East Alabama are also reporting they're receiving calls from those claiming they owe money. You're asked to hang up immediately if you receive one these calls.

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