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Updated: 06/11/2014 08:00:01AM

Sheriff: Phone scam going on

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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is seeing an increase in telephone scams in Polk County where the caller identifies himself as a “tax crime investigator” and threatens bodily harm if the victims don’t pay up.

In one recent case, the scam artist told the victim that he would come to her house and kidnap her if she didn’t pay money she owed to the IRS. The 92-year-old woman paid out $8,000 before reporting it to PCSO, the sheriff’s office reports.

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