DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Don’t give money to anyone over the phone. Don’t give gift cards. Don’t send money orders. Don’t provide bank account numbers. That’s the message from police throughout the area who say phone scammers are aggressively pursuing Delray, Boca and Boynton residents — especially the elderly.
Callers, often with substantial amounts of your personal information, claim to be from the IRS, the police, collections agencies and banks. They threaten lawsuits or arrest — often claiming that police are on the way “right now” — and will haul you away if you don’t pay up.
The scammers, if unable to secure a bank account or credit card number, will often ask you to send a gift card — or even provide a gift card to someone in a local area as a way to satisfy your alleged debt.
To be clear: the IRS doesn’t accept iTunes or Target gift cards as payment. The police do not call and ask for payment. The Clerk of Court’s office doesn’t want a gift certificate to Lulu Lemon.
If you believe that you were victimized by phone scammers, call your local police department.