Reitred Revenue Officer Warns of Phone Scam that Hit Lubbock

Published 04/23 2014 11:17PM

Updated 04/23 2014 11:32PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- A retired Revenue Officer is sharing a what happened to one of his friends in hopes that he can keep a similar scam from happening to others.

A Lubbock woman got a call last week, being told the person on the other end worked for the IRS, and that if she didn't pay $5,000, she would go to jail and her home would be seized.

After she got that call, she called her friend Bobby Bowman.

"She was hysterical, she was just afraid she was going to go to jail," Bowman said.

Bowman is a retired Revenue Officer with the IRS. When he got her phone call, he said he could walk her through what to say and do, in order to confirm it was a scam.

"Tried to calm her down, and tell her what to do, and how to deal with these people and I said, 'they're not going to come get you, so just take it easy and everything will be alright'," Bowman said.

Bowman said he's never heard of a scam like this from someone claiming to be with the IRS and then demanding money.

"I told her what to do, I told her some questions to ask when she called back, and I said, I gave her the answers, and said, 'if they don't answer these right, you'll know it's a scam. and don't mess with me anymore,'" Bowman said.

Bowman said his friend was told to pay them through a money order, which she did not pay. Not only was a money order a red flag to Bowman, but when he told her to ask about sending cash and getting an official receipt, or paying at the local office, the caller still said he only wanted a money order.

"They told her, 'do not go to the local office, you're not following procedures, you will be arrested this afternoon.'" Bowman said.

His advice is to stall or say you will call back if you get a call like this, then get in touch with the IRS to see if it is legitimate.

"Do not, under any circumstances, send them money without checking with the actual IRS," Bowman said.

IRS website has information on what you can do if you think you are being scammed. Lubbock Police said you need to contact them if you are a victim of the fraud.

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