IRS phone scam hits Pee Dee residents

Police say dozens of residents in the Pee Dee received calls this week from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service telling taxpayers they owe thousands in back taxes.

The calls involve an IRS impostor who will say you owe taxes that must be paid with a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.

Authorities say the scammers threaten you with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver's license for those who don't pay up.

IRS officials say the IRS typically reaches out to taxpayers first by mail and never asks for payment by debit card, credit card or wire transfer.

IRS officials said if you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and you have no reason to think you owe any taxes, you need to call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

Susan Baxter of Darlington said she got a phone call this week from an IRS impostor.

She said he was very persistent that she send $19,000 to pay her back taxes.

"He wanted my SSN and address and I wouldn't give him that, but I wanted to know what they needed. And he went ahead and told me that I owed the IRS money for falsifying my taxes. That they could take my house, take my car, freeze my bank accounts, if I didn't pay $19,000 within the next 45 minutes. Very pushy, very nasty. I can see how they can scare anyone into doing what they want you to do," she said.

Baxter said she is relieved she didn't fall prey to the scam.

"I want people to know out there that this is a scam and don't give them any money because you sure could be losing," she said.