CELINA, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office has received several calls regarding scams targeting the elderly. As tax season quickly approaches, citizens may begin seeing more and more phone and email scams. Types of scams include IRS Phone Scams, The Grandparent Scam, Charity Scams, Prize Scams, Computer Tech Support Phone Scam, Apple Payment Scam, and many more.

Keep in mind, the real IRS will not ask for credit/debit card numbers over the phone, threaten to bring in law enforcement to arrest you, or call and demand payment. If the IRS needs to contact you, they will send you a letter. If a caller is demanding payment over the phone, especially in the form of an iTunes gift card, it is a scam. If you do receive a questionable call from a local business number, HANG UP immediately. Call the business back with the phone number that is listed on your account statement or a number you have obtained from the phonebook.  Do not call a business back with a number the scammer provides you to verify their authenticity as it is likely linked back to the scammer.

Sheriff Grey

“It is important to remind your parents and grandparent to never give out personal information, credit cards, bank accounts, or financial accounts over the phone.”