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Phone Scam Swindles New Canaan Woman Out Of $1,000

A New Canaan woman was scammed out of $1,000 by a man pretending to be an IRS agent on the phone recently.
A New Canaan woman was scammed out of $1,000 by a man pretending to be an IRS agent on the phone recently. Photo Credit: File

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- A 55-year-old New Canaan woman was recently scammed out of $1,000 when a con artist called and pretended to be from the IRS, according to Patch.com .

The victim came home to find a message on her answering machine claiming she owed the IRS $4,000 and asked her to call back immediately, Patch.com said. When she returned the call, the man told her to purchase pre-paid debit cards and provide him with the barcode numbers, Patch.com reported.

The victim purchased two cards and loaded them with $500 each. After reading the barcode numbers to the scam artists, he was no longer on the line, Patch.com said.

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