A scam to warn our parents about. 

The Boynton Beach Police Department says a 72 year old woman was scammed out of $12,000 this week by a man claiming to be from the IRS.  He told her she would go to jail if she did not pay back taxes and ordered the senior to go to several stores and pickup two dozen prepaid credit cards, worth $500 each and then give him the numbers by phone. 

She did so and then he called back for more money.  That's when she turned to police. 

Authorities say the IRS will never call you to ask for money.

Here are some more tips from the Boynton Beach Police Dept:

1) If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue - if there really issuch an issue.

2) If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.

3) If you’ve been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade
Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS
Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.