A coincidence in Plymouth County led to a deputy saving the couple from giving a scammer what they wanted.
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office say in a press release that they received a 911 call Monday from a residence. They say there was static on the line, due to being possibly weather related. A deputy went to the residence to check and was let inside by an elderly woman. She said she knew why the deputy was there and told them that her husband was downstairs.
The deputy told her he was there due to the 911 call they received, and then asked why she thought he was there. The deputy learned that the woman’s husband was on the phone with some one claiming to be from the IRS. The caller threatened that they would be arrested if they didn’t comply with their demands. The couple thought the deputy was there to arrest them.
The deputy took control of the phone call, recognizing it as a scam. The scammer reportedly became upset with the deputy before hanging up the phone. A return call was not answered.
The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office warns that telephone scams are very common especially during tax season. They say that scammers are demanding, threatening, high pressure, and request some form of money. They say that legitimate services won’t ever request Walmart gift cards.
While anybody can be a victim, they say that elderly tend to be the biggest target of scammers. Anyone that is concerned about who they are talking with on the phone is asked to hang up and call their local law enforcement.