Victim says IRS scammers impersonated law enforcement, followed him to bank

Published: Sep. 17, 2015 at 11:06 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 17, 2015 at 12:06 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The IRS has warned taxpayers about phone scams for several years now, but this week, a local case has taken the scam to a new level.

Lubbock CPA Brad Smith reached out to KCBD regarding one of his clients who was targeted this week.

Not only was his client targeted with the phone scam, he was also followed by someone allegedly impersonating law enforcement, who threatened the safety of his family.

"At this time I'm really concerned about my family," the victim said. "I have a 2-month old newborn girl, and emotions are very high. The adrenaline is very high. And I'm trying very hard to make it home as fast as I can."

According to the victim, the suspects demanded he withdraw cash from his bank, and they continued to follow him to a Walmart where he was told to purchase pre-paid debit cards.

The victim said they even demanded that he not approach their vehicle.

"They would have me get back into my truck and tell me to park and stay parked and read the numbers from the cards," he said.

Lt. Ray Mendoza says the Lubbock Police Department does not engage in any type of tax collection, and suggests action if you feel threatened by one of these phone calls.

"Hang up and call 911," he said "Go to a well-lit area if it's nighttime. Or go to a populated area if it's daytime."

Lubbock CPA Brad Smith says to always remember that the IRS does not call in attempt to collect debts.

"There will be a series of mailed correspondences to you," he said. "They will never take credit card info, prepaid debit info, wire transfer info over the phone. That should be a red flag right immediately."

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