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Scammers phone, posing as tax collectors, McHenry sheriff’s office says

Updated: March 6, 2014 6:41AM

WOODSTOCK — The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is warning that a group of telephone scammers are calling people posing as Internal Revenue Service agents.

Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said one area resident was contacted recently by someone claiming to be “James Anderson” from the tax audit revenue services. The caller told the victim that she owed back taxes from 2008 in the amount of $2,698. He directed the victim to go to the nearest CVS Pharmacy and buy a Green Dot Money Pak prepaid card in the amount of $500.

After the woman bought the card, “James Anderson” called back and advised the victim to scratch the back of the card and give him the card’s identification code numbers over the phone. The victim then received several more phone calls from James advising she needed to pay him more to settle her debt. The victim purchased more cards totaling $1,500 in value before going to the police.

“For more information on this specific scam, follow the IRS’s link,” Zinke said in a written statement. “Additional information on tax scams can be found at”

The undersheriff also noted that the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office will host a forum about identity theft forum on Monday, March 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Senior Services at 110 Woodstock St. in Crystal Lake.

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