MANATEE -- The Manatee Sheriff's Office is warning residents to beware of a scam involving giving your credit card number over the phone.
The suspect calls victims claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service agent and says they will be arrested if they don't settle a lawsuit with the IRS, according to deputies.
The suspect then tells them if they provide a credit card number over the phone the lawsuit will be dropped, a release said.
The IRS contacts people via the mail and not through phone calls. Deputies encourage anyone that experiences that type of phone call to consider it a scam and contact law enforcement.