Recently, several residents of South San Francisco have fallen victim to a unique type of scam in which citizens have been contacted by subjects purporting to be agents with the Internal Revenue Service. The fake agents advise the victim that they owe large amounts of money in back taxes. The fake agents threaten arrest if the money is not paid.
On Tuesday, July 01, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m. a South San Francisco resident was contacted by a person claiming to be an IRS Agent. The victim was told she owed the IRS $3,800.00 and would be arrested if she failed to make immediate payment with a pre-loaded debit card.
The resident purchased the prepaid card as instructed at a local Safeway Store. However, an alert store clerk overheard the victim on her cellular phone and recognized she was being victimized by a scam. The store clerk intervened and stopped the victim from providing the access (pin number), there by foiling the suspect’s attempt to collect the funds without being detected.
Please contact the South San Francisco Police Department at (650)877-8900ifyoubelieveyouhavebeenthevictimofthistypeofconfidencescheme.
ESC says BRAVO to the clerk who helped our neighbor out! WTG!