BCSO warns of new scam after woman swindled out of more than $7,000

Knoxville Weather Summary: 56 degrees The Blount County Sheriff's Office is warning people to be aware of a new cold call scam targeting people after a woman had been swindled out of a large sum of money. According to the BCSO, a 64-year-old woman reported that she received a phone call from a man posing as a Drug Enforcement Administration agent by the name of ‘Mike Allen.' The man told her that a car she had rented had been found in El Paso, Texas with a large amount of drugs inside of it. He advised her that the ‘crime' would affect her Social Security, telling her to buy a variety of gift cards to send in order to avoid criminal charges. In the end, the woman told the deputy she had given more than $7,000 in gift cards to the man, who she said had a foreign accent and was calling from the number (240) 288-5221. The sheriff's office said law enforcement officers and government offices like the IRS will NEVER cold call people to ask them to pay money over the phone.  ► Don't fall for these fake IRS phone and email tax scams The tell-tale sign of most of these cold call scams is the scammer asking for prepaid cards or other non-traceable sources of payment. Read more here >>>

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