Las Vegas woman narrowly escapes IRS scam, warns others


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Las Vegas woman narrowly escapes IRS scam, warns others

By Tricia Kean. CREATED Jun 12, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Thieves are always looking for ways to get their hands on your money. In some cases, they're posing as government officials to scare you into opening your wallet.

"I just started shaking and I didn't know what to do."

An unexpected phone call sent Marsha Carr into a panic, "He says I'm with the IRS. Are you aware there's a warrant out for your arrest? And I just went crazy. I thought what for?"

Carr was told last week, she owed more than $1,500 in back taxes for 2010. She tried to explain that she had never been notified.

"He says, I don't want to argue with you mam. There's a warrant out for your arrest, and there's marshals monitoring this phone call."

Carr wanted to know what she needed to do to clear her name. She was told if she paid the total amount right away, she could avoid jail time.

To do that, Carr said she was instructed to buy a prepaid money voucher at a nearby grocery store. So she rushed over and bought the cards.

"It scared me so bad. I thought I was going to federal penitentiary."

But when she spoke with the agent again, Carr was told she bought the wrong form of payment. That's when she said the agent told her police would be arriving in 15 minutes to arrest her.

"I gave birth to my daughter and it wasn't near this nerve racking."

When police never showed up, Carr decided to call the IRS herself. That's when she learned the entire incident was a scam.

When she bought the wrong cards, she actually saved herself from losing all that money. Now, she's sharing her experience, in hopes of warning others.

"I'm 60 years old. I've been around a long time and I'm not senile. But it just took me by surprise. It's bullying. He bullied me into that whole thing. And I don't like it."

Here's the Contact 13 bottom line: If you remember one thing, remember this. The IRS will never call you. The agency will only contact you initially by U.S. mail.

The IRS won't threaten to arrest you. That's just a scare tactic used by the scam artists in order to get your money.

Tricia Kean

Tricia Kean

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Tricia Kean currently anchors the weekday evening editions of Action News.