The McPherson County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a scam that could result in identity theft and loss of funds.
Deputies report a McPherson County man received a call Wednesday from an individual claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The caller told the victim his tax return had been audited and that he needed to send payment immediately.
The scammer asked the victim for personal information, including date of birth, full name, address, and social security number, in order to "verify" his identity. This information can be used to hijack a person's identity.
"Unfortunately, the victim gave this information," said McPherson County Sheriff's Capt. Doug Anderson.
The scammer then asked the victim for banking information. The victim became suspicious and ended the call, despite threats from a scammer that a warrant would be issued for his arrest.
"After he hung up, he started getting a bunch of calls, but ignored them," Anderson said.
The IRS will never contact a person by phone and will only communicate through mail. If a person calls claiming to be from the IRS, hang up immediately and do not give the caller any information.
"The IRS doesn't call demanding payment or threatening to issue a warrant. That's not how they operate," Anderson said.
Those who have fallen victim to this scam should contact their banks and credit card companies.