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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Police warn of scam involving fake IRS agents demanding money, threatening arrest

NASHUA – Police are warning area residents of a new scam in which callers, identifying themselves as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service, threaten potential victims with arrest if they don’t immediately pay the IRS the money they owe.

The imposters in some cases scare victims, many of whom are elderly, into following their detailed instructions to “withdraw cash then purchase gift cards or green dot cards,” Nashua police said, referring to prepaid debit cards. ...

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NASHUA – Police are warning area residents of a new scam in which callers, identifying themselves as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service, threaten potential victims with arrest if they don’t immediately pay the IRS the money they owe.

The imposters in some cases scare victims, many of whom are elderly, into following their detailed instructions to “withdraw cash then purchase gift cards or green dot cards,” Nashua police said, referring to prepaid debit cards.

They said one such attempt by perpetrators fell through when an alert convenience store clerk told an elderly couple that the purchase of such a large number of gift and green dot cards was more than likely a scam.

“As a result,” police said, “the elderly couple suffered no monetary loss.”

Police said the scheme closely resembles another recent ruse in which callers, identifying themselves as police officers or hospital personnel, tell victims that a particular family member is either under arrest or had been seriously injured and is in need of immediate medical attention.

The perpetrators then tell the victim that payment is needed at once, and give directions on how and where to direct the money.

Police urge anyone who suspects they may have been a victim, or intended victim, of a scheme to contact the department at 594-3500.

They also encourage residents to verify the identities of anyone from any agency that demands cash via telephone or e-mail.

– DEAN SHALHOUP