Man lost $3,000 in IRS scam

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster County man gave $3,000 to someone claiming to represent the IRS before realizing he had been scammed, police said.

The man received several phone calls telling him he owed back taxes and he was instructed to purchase iTunes gift cards. He bought $3,000 worth of gift cards and provided the numbers to the caller, Manheim Township police said.

The IRS says it will never call to demand immediate payment or call about taxes owed without first mailing a bill, nor will it demand payment without giving an opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

Also, the tax agency will not require a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, or ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and you don’t owe taxes, you can report it on the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page or call 800-366-4484.

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