Local Man Targeted By IRS Scam

We have an important warning in this 11 Call For Action Alert.

A local man says he got an alarming call from someone claiming to be with the IRS and demanding money.

He almost fell for it, but ended up not going through with it thanks to the advice of a manager at a local 7-Eleven.

Arthur Farland lives in Peyton, and says he got the call on his home phone. The caller claimed to be with the IRS and told Farland he owed money and needed to pay it immediately.

Farland tells 11 News he does owe the IRS, and the caller knew the exact amount and the day it was due, which in retrospect, worries him.

"The IRS needs to look into this to see exactly what's going on because that's information nobody can get. Yes you can get my name, you can get my address, that type of stuff is easy," said Farland.

Farland thought the call must be real and agreed to pay.

The caller wanted Farland to put the money on a Green Dot card, which is like a pre-paid debit card.

After going to several stores, Farland went to the 7-Eleven on Briargate in Colorado Springs to purchase the card. The manager stopped him, and told him it was a scam.

"She said don't do it, it's a scam. And I thanked her very, very much. She convinced me it was a scam, so I hung up the phone and that was it. I never did anything anymore, just went home," said Farland.

We spoke with the manager of the 7-Eleven. She didn't want to do an interview, but tells 11 News that she knew right away it was scam because it involved a Green Dot card. She says she has dealt with scammers before, and even warns her employees about the dangers of the cards.

11 News reached out to the IRS about this case.

A spokesman says the only information that is public record is if the IRS has a lien against you.

The spokesman also told 11 News he cannot speak to the methods that these crooks use to try to scam people.

Keep in mind, the IRS will not ask you to pay with a pre-paid debit card or through a wire transfer.

If you do owe them money, they will work with you.

The IRS says if you ever get one of these calls, no matter what the caller claims, just hang up. You can call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 to see what's going on.


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