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Beware the 'taxman' scam, Lansdale police warn

Published On: Jul 01 2013 01:59:56 PM EDT
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Officials in one Montgomery County city are warning about the 'taxman.'

Lansdale police are warning residents not to be scammed by someone calling and claiming a bogus IRS debt is owed.

On Thursday, a resident of Cherry Street reported a fraud to police saying the day before, an unidentified man called their home and told the victim's spouse that the caller was from the "Federal Crime Control Agency."


The caller then said her husband had tax problems and if he didn't return a call, an arrest warrant would be issued.

The caller left a phone number with a (512) Texas exchange for the victim to call, police said.

The victim called the number several times between the 26th and 27th before he connected with the original caller, who told him to send $3,169 or an arrest warrant would be issued.

The man was directed to go to a local pharmacy to convert the cash into Greendot Money Paks.  The victim gave the man the Money Pak serial numbers.

Later that day -- Thursday-- another caller from a (919) North Carolina number called the victim, attempting the same scam in the amount of $1,669.99, but the caller hung up when the victim started asking questions.

Police said this is similar to a fraud committed on a Lansdale resident in May.

Lansdale detectives are continuing to investigate this incident.