HOCKLEY COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - Hockley County Sheriff, Ray Scifres took to social media on Thursday to share his experience with a man who was attempting to scam him over the phone by posing as an employee of the Internal Revenue Service.
Scifres said he received a note from a citizen with phone, badge, name and case number information from a scammer who called posing as an IRS agent. Scifres then called the number, which seems to be from Tennessee, and tried to test out how well the scammer was.
"The individual answered the phone, 'Internal Revenue Service,' and identified himself as 'Mr. Williamson.' Good morning, sir," Scifres wrote. "Mr. Williamson proceeded to ask for my name and I provided him Ray Skeefees. I told him it was German. Those of you who understand the difficulty of pronouncing my last name get the humor. I gave him a bogus telephone number but lo and behold...he found my name and number in his records!
Scifres learned he apparently owed the IRS $3,900 and was told he would be arrested by local authorities if he did not pay the debt.
"He begins to tell my I can pay just as I cut him off in a panic and ask him if he is in Tennessee. He says he is in 'Washington, D.C., but the number you called is a routed number,'" Scifres wrote. "Hmmm. I called from Texas to Tennessee to be routed to Washington. Right."
Continuing the call, Scifres asked Williamson if he knew where he was calling from, and surprisingly he did. That was when he had to come clean and tell the scammer he was actually the sheriff.
Then he proceeded to have a slightly heated discussion over the phone and chastise the scammer for scaring citizens.
This is not the first time the Hockley County Sheriff's Office has warned residents of IRS scams. It was in early September the office again took to social media to warn people of scammers posing as IRS agents, even admitting one resident was scammed out of $2,000.
"The IRS will not call you and tell you they are coming to get you. They will not handle tax debts over the phone, and will certainly not tell you to go to your local Wal-Mart (or other store for that matter) and have you purchase re-loadable cards or send them a Moneygram," Scifres wrote. "If you receive such a call, if possible please copy down the information including the number they called from, name provided, any badge or case number, and notify us. If you miss the call and they leave a message, do not call them back."
For more information regarding IRS scams visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov. To read the entirety of Scifres post click the embedded link below.
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