DAYTON, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is reporting telephone scams involving people claiming to be IRS agents.
According to a press release, victims have reported to Lyon County deputies they received phone calls from a male subject, claiming to be from the IRS. The scammer told the victims there was an issue with their taxes and they needed to pay back taxes, in lieu of being arrested.
Victims were instructed to get money on pre-paid cash cards, and scratch off the back to give him the pin number for payment. Several hundred dollars were taken from the victims.
The IRS does not take money over the phone by pre-paid cards. If there are questions about a person’s taxes, they should contact the IRS office in Reno at 775-824-2218, or online at the IRS website
If anyone has information on similar cases, please contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at 775-463-6600.
Another scam circulating involves jury duty in the Silver State. The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada sent out a public warning about it on Thursday.
Officials say the scam involves a misleading e-mail that might be mistaken for a jury summons. You are asked to fill out a form with your address, phone number and important personal identifiers, like your Social Security or Driver's License number.
Jury service scams might also reach you via telephone, but officials want to remind you federal and state courts do not ask for sensitive information over the phone.
If you get one of those emails, do not respond. Instead, contact the court which will alert federal law enforcement.