Don't fall for an 'IRS' phone scam

Posted at 7:35 PM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 19:35:28-05

Local sheriff's offices are warning people who live in South Florida not to fall for a phone scam asking for money owed to the IRS.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office says it's gotten more than 100 complaints about the scam in the past few days. One Martin County resident fell victim, wiring $500 to the scammers.

The scammers claim the person they're calling owes money in back taxes, and often tell them they'll be arrested if they don't send money.

Deputies believe the callers are located outside of the United States, even though they can appear to be calling from an American number on caller ID.

The IRS has also put out a warning about the calls, reminding people that it will never threaten to send police or deputies or ask for money without sending a letter in the mail first.