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IRS scammers targeting Clay County residents

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Clay and Nassau County officials want residents to be on high alert for a phone scam where a caller says resident owe them money.

According to authorities, this time it's an IRS scam and according to many residents, the scam is also in Duval County, Fernadina Beach Area, and St. Johns and Nassau counties.

The caller tells the victims they have been audited for years and owe money to the IRS. The scammers tell the victim the Sheriff's Office has already been to their house looking for them, because they owe back taxes.

AUDIO: IRS scammer voicemail

The victim is then coached through a process where they're ordered to send money via money gram or Western Union.

Usually, the victim is told to stay on the phone with the caller as they travel to Wal-Mart, Publix, CVS, Walgreens or Winn-Dixie to complete the money transfer.

Deputies said don't fall for this scam and help spread the word to your family and friends.

The CCSO's Financial Crimes Section detectives are going to local businesses to educate employees about the illegal activity going on as part of the scam, so they can keep an eye out for people being scammed.

If you have any questions, call CCSO at 904-264-6512.