LIMERICK Police are warning township residents of a phone scam in which the perpetrators act as if they are with the IRS.
For at least the last two months, scammers have called township residents posing as IRS agents demanding a transfer of cash which they claim is owed to the agency, according to the Limerick Police.
Callers tell their targets that they owe money to the IRS and owe money. However, the scammer tells their target that if they wire money their arrest can be avoided.
No law enforcement agency will call you and propose an immediate money transfer to avoid arrest, the Limerick Police wrote on their Facebook page.
Some of the callers have used fake numbers that come up as law enforcement on caller ID, said Limerick Police Chief Bill Albany.
Elderly residents of the township are mainly being targeted but Albany said it is possible that younger residents have also gotten the calls but just blow them off and never report it.
Albany said there have been four recent reports of elderly victims in the scam.
July 9, it was discovered that one man lost $9,000 to the fake IRS caller before a bank teller figured out what was going on.
A picture posted on the Limerick Police Facebook page shows some warnings from the IRS regarding the scam.
The IRS never asks for a credit card number over the phone or requests the use of a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, reads one warning.
Another part of the picture states that the IRS would never contact a person via email, social media or text message.