A pair of local government agencies issued warnings Friday about reports of scams taking place.
The York County Sheriff’s Office alerted residents that deputies have received a number of complaints about a man posing as an Internal Revenue Service agent and demanding money from people he calls. And Morganton city officials said scammers have been calling residents and demanding money, saying their utility services will be cut off otherwise.
Both of these scams have been reported across the region in recent months.
In York County, the sheriff’s office said callers have said a man with a Middle Eastern-sounding accent has called, said he was an IRS agent, and told people he called that they owed money to the IRS. The caller allegedly threatened residents with arrest if they did not pay.
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As a number of law enforcement agencies have told residents in recent months, the IRS does not demand money over the phone. The agency communicates via U.S. mail, according to IRS officials.
In Morganton, residents who receive calls from people threatening to cut off their utility services are also being informed that the city does not use the telephone to contact residents. That contact is made by mail, city officials said.
A similar scam has been reported in several other cities around the Charlotte area recently.
Morganton residents who receive such a call have been instructed to hang up the phone and contact the city’s Electric Department, 828-438-5277, or the Water Department, 828-438-5276.