Elburn man falls victim to IRS scam

By on July 11, 2014

ELBURN—An Elburn man was recently the victim of a scam by someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said on Tuesday.

The victim was a 33-year-old male who lives on the 700 block of N. First St., and the incident took place at 11:30 a.m. on July 3.

“This scam has been going on in the area for some time now, although this is the first report we’ve had in Elburn,” Smith said.

An individual called the victim at home, claiming to represent the IRS, and told him he owed $2,500 in back taxes. The individual told him to get the amount in cash and deposit it into a specific account at a Bank of America branch. The person also told the victim that the Elburn Police Department had a warrant for his arrest due to a charge of owing back taxes, and that he would need to deposit $2,800 into another specified account at the bank in order to avoid going to jail.

“We’re still working with bank security on this,” Smith said.

However, from cases like this that he has heard about from police officers in other departments, Smith said it is hard to track these things down.

“These people can make it look on your caller ID as though the phone calls were coming from for example, the police department,” he said. “Also, they use throw-away cell phones, so there’s no way to backtrack the original call.”

In addition, Smith said the bank accounts used are temporary ones, and opened using false information.

“The money is probably out of the country by now,” he said.