The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of an IRS scam in which victims are being asked for money or gift cards in order to clear an outstanding warrant.
A Bradenton woman reported being contacted and told by a caller that she was being investigated for tax fraud and there was a warrant for her arrest, the sheriff’s office announced in a news release Thursday. In order to get the warrant cleared, the victim was told she needed to pay $500 in gift cards.
The victim realized it was a scam, after having already paid the $500 in gift cards, however, and reported it to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office is asking any resident who receives a call asking for money or gift cards, to immediately report it to their local law enforcement agency.
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Anyone who would like or has information about this or other scams can call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at 941-747-3011.