Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an IRS-related scam.

A 72-year-old rural Olmsted County man told investigators he received a phone call last September from a person who said he was an IRS agent. The caller told the victim the IRS was reaching out to taxpayers to help protect them from scams.

 Over a period of months, the victim sent checks to various addresses.  By the time his family became aware, the man was out of $22,000.

Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Behrns says the case serves as another example to the public about IRS-related phone calls. He says the IRS never calls taxpayers as the agency’s communication is through the mail system.

Behrns says anyone who receives such a call should hang up.

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