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McHnery Co. Sheriff's Office Warns of Tax Scam

Source: McHenry County Sheriff's press release 

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office recently received a report of a tax scam. 

The victim was contacted by someone posing to be "James Anderson" from the tax audit revenue services. The caller advised the victim that she owed back taxes from 2008 in the amount of $2698.00. 

He directed the victim to go to the nearest CVS Pharmacy and purchase a Green Dot Money Pak pre-paid card in the amount of $500 USC. 

After purchasing the card “James Anderson” called back and advised the victim to scratch the back of the card and give him the numbers over the phone. 

The victim received several more phone calls from James advising she needed to pay him more to settle her debt. The victim purchased more cards totaling an amount of $1500.00 USC.

For more information on this specific scam follow this IRS link. Additional information on Tax scams can be found on the IRS website. 

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting an Identity Theft forum on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. at Senior Services at 110 Woodstock Street, Crystal Lake. 

Meet with representatives from the Sheriff’s Office to learn about current scams happening right here in McHenry County and what you can do to protect yourself.

“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,” stated Undersheriff Andrew Zinke. 

Lynda Mae Viles February 04, 2014 at 06:05 PM
I can,t believe people are so naive. Look up your tax papers from 2008 and contact the government. DUH!
Nellie H February 05, 2014 at 02:56 PM
Are the police tracing the caller "James Anderson" originating phone call location? $1500 is a lot of money to be stolen. Why doesn't this article give more info on the perp? My guess is the victim is an elderly person who isn't savvy enough. I am sorry for him/her. I know an elderly victim of a money scam....sometimes the elderly lose their rational thinking abilities. Terrible.
Kathy Robertazzo-Pagano February 09, 2014 at 09:48 PM
It's mind-blowing how naive and trusting people are. This is too tragic. He'll get his karma, whatever he stole from her, he will lose his own money three-fold.

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