The Nashua Police Department is warning residents of a phone scam where callers are portraying themselves as employees of the Internal Revenue Service and demanding money. These schemes are set up similar to callers identifying themselves as members of police departments or hospitals in which the intended victim is advised that a family member is either under arrest or in need of medical attention and payment is immediately needed.
In the most recent scheme, an elderly couple was contacted via phone and advised that they owed a certain amount of cash to the Internal Revenue Service. They were further advised that if payment was not received that they would face immediate arrest. The caller provided detailed instructions advising the victims to withdraw cash and to then purchase gift cards/green dot cards. An alert clerk at a local convenience store cautioned the elderly couple that the purchase of such a large number of gift cards/green dot cards was more than likely a scam. As a result, the elderly couple suffered no monetary loss.
Citizens are encouraged to contact the Nashua Police Department if they feel that they have been the victim of a similar type of scheme. The Nashua Police Department also encourages citizens to verify the identities of any individual or agency demanding cash via telephone or e-mail.
The Nashua Police Department can be contacted at 603-594-3500.