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Belmont woman victim of tax payment scam
March 14, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

A Belmont woman was the victim of a telephone scam earlier this week, from suspects claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, according to police.

On Tuesday, March 11, a 51-year-old Belmont woman contacted Belmont police fearing that she had been the victim of a scam earlier in the day. The victim told officers that she had received a telephone call several hours earlier, from a male who identified himself as calling from the IRS. The suspect told the woman that she owed $3,000 and only had a limited time to pay or should would be arrested. The suspect told the woman to go to a store and purchase $3,000 worth of gift cards and call back with the card numbers. The victim did as she was instructed, but then became worried about what had transpired and contacted Belmont police, according to police.

Officers attempted to stop the transactions, but were unable to do so. Investigators are looking into the incident, but don’t have any suspects at this time, according to police.

“Gift cards are essentially cash and difficult to trace” said Belmont police Capt. Patrick Halleran.

Police throughout the Peninsula have reported similar scams recently and the IRS issued its own warning earlier in the week.

Anyone who owes taxes or has a payment issue should call the IRS directly at (800) 829-1040. Police advise anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of a crime to contact them.



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