The McHenry County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about an IRS tax scam where a victim purchased more than $1,500 in pre-paid cards for a scammer posing as someone from the tax audit revenue service.
The victim was contacted by someone claiming to be "James Anderson" who told her she owed $2,698 in back taxes since 2008. He directed the victim to a CVS Pharmacy where she purchased a $500 Green Dot MoneyPak pre-paid card.
After purchasing the card "James Anderson" called back and told the victim to scratch off the back of the card and give him the numbers over the phone.
After several more phone calls and trips to the CVS, the victim purchased cards totaling more than $1,500.
“Those who have become a victim of a scam or identity theft are encouraged to make a report with the McHenry County Sheriff's Office or their local police jurisdiction,” Undersheriff Andrew Zinke stated in a media release.
The McHenry County Sheriff's Office will host an Identify Theft forum on March 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at Senior Services at 110 Woodstock St. in Crystal Lake. The forum will teach seniors about current scams happening in the county and how to better protect yourself.