Earlier this year, the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) announced that phone scams were among the worst tax scams popping up in 2015, and months later, Macon County residents are still getting fake phone calls.
"We have had at least four complaints in the past few months," said Franklin Police Chief David Adams. "One victim claimed that the caller threatened him because he refused to go to Walmart and wire the IRS a payment."
Adams' word of advice to Franklin residents: never give out your information over the phone with verification. "They should never send anyone or company money after receiving a phone call or provide their bank account numbers or Social Security numbers," cautioned Adams. "All federal agencies, utility companies and financial institutions will have the aforementioned numbers and they will not ask for payment via money orders."