The Bell County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents to watch out for scams after an elderly woman fell victim to a con artist posing as an IRS agent.
According to department officials, the local woman received a phone call from someone claiming to be “Officer Daniel Stewart with the IRS.”
The man told the woman she owed $2,500 in back taxes, and said a warrant would be issued for her arrest unless she paid with a credit or debit card immediately.
The woman told deputies she went to Temple and Belton and purchased five reloadable debit cards. Then she called the man back and gave him the card numbers.
According to a statement issued by the sheriff’s department Thursday, the case was referred to the IRS for further investigation.
“Sheriff (Eddy) Lange would like to remind everyone to be very careful when responding to phone calls from unknown people asking you to take care of a debit immediately over the phone,” the statement read.