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SCAM ALERT: East Texas woman falls prey to IRS scam

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Tyler Police are warning area residents about a scam that claimed a local woman as its victim.

On Thursday, police say the victim received a call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent. The caller told the victim that if she did not send a large sum of money for back taxes owed, she and her husband would have warrants out for their arrest by the end of the day. The suspect kept the woman on the phone all day giving her instructions on how to send the money to an unknown destination by using the Green Dot Cards.

Scam artists love to use two very popular ways of getting money from their victims; Western Union, Money Gram and any form of loadable credit cards / debit cards. These include gift cards (Green Dot Cards) or any other type of re-loadable bank card. 

Police urge residents to never send anyone money unless you have double checked and identified who you are sending the cash to. If callers request multiple transactions that includes multiple cash amounts, multiple cards, multiple wires, these are indicators of a scam in progress. 

The most popular scams in the area that have been reported recently are:

1) IRS wants victims to send them money for owed back taxes
2) Failure to show for jury duty
3) Family member in trouble with medical or arrest issues in or out of the country
4) Lottery winner requiring victim to pay the processing fees and taxes
5) Investment scams (real-estate or business opportunities)

Always confirm all information that you have received from the caller with a trusted family member, local law enforcement authority, Better Business Bureau, before any transaction is completed.

If you think you have been scammed, contact your local sheriff's office. 

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