A 70-year-old central Salina man lost $92,500 in a scam, according to Capt. Mike Sweeney of the Salina Police Department.
Sweeney said the man received an automated call in early May claiming to be from the IRS, saying he owed money and if he did not pay, he would be arrested. Over the course of several weeks, the man sent a cashier's check for $23,000, then $55,000 in cash in a box to a person in Ohio, and then card numbers for 29 $500 prepaid Visa cards to another person. Sweeney said the callers are described as having foreign accents.
Sweeney said a representative of a local bank notified police June 13 that the man might be the victim of a scam, and police contacted the man.
Police are continuing to investigate, but Sweeney said scams of this type are common and calls from people claiming to be with the IRS should be ignored. The IRS does not call individuals with threats of warrants or arrests, according to the IRS website.
Wire transfers are particularly dangerous, Sweeney said.
"Once you send a wire transfer, it can be picked up anywhere in the world, and it is extremely difficult to cancel those transfers in a timely manner," Sweeney said.