Elderly Hampton County woman phone scammed out of 33-thousand dollars

HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C. – A 75-year-old woman reported to the Sheriff’s Office she’d received several calls from scammers posing as the IRS.

The scammers told the woman she owed money and would face consequences if she didn’t pay with pre-loaded debit cards.

The callers threatened her with arrest if the debts weren’t paid.  She ended up sending over $33,000 dollars to the scammers before contacting authorities.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind anyone who gets calls like these to know the following:

The IRS will never:

1. Call to demand payment or call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill

2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you an opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe

3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as pre-paid debit card

4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone

5. Threaten to bring in the sheriff’s office or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying 

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