Tax scam cost local woman $3,000


Belmont police are warning the public of a tax payment scam that cost a Belmont woman $3,000 last week.

Officers were contacted by the 51-year-old woman who told authorities about a phone call from a man who claimed to be from the IRS on Tuesday, Capt. Patrick Halleran said.

The man told the woman she owed $3,000 and had to make the payment in a limited amount of time or she would be arrested, he said.

She was told by the suspect to go to a store, purchase $3,000 worth of gift cards and call back with the card numbers, Halleran said.

The woman followed the scammer’s directions but became worried and contacted police to report what had happened that same day, he said.

Officers attempted to stop the transactions without success and continue to investigate the incident, Halleran said.

Anyone who has fallen victim to this scam or any other fraud is asked to contact police.

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