Riverside Woman Almost Loses $15,000 To IRS Scam

Trevor Montgomery

Riverside County News Source


Riverside, Calif.; A woman, described only as a resident of the city of Riverside, was the victim of a reported IRS scam in which she nearly lost $15,000.

According to a press release from the Riverside Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of Fairview Avenue regarding a suspicious circumstances report.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a man who told them that his wife had not reported to work that morning and there was a large sum of money missing from his residence.

The man had made numerous attempts to contact his wife by phone but she hadn’t answered.

Based upon the strange circumstances and believing foul play or criminal activity might be occurring, officers contacted the victim’s phone provider and learned the current GPS coordinates of her cellular phone. Officers learned the victim’s phone was currently located at a local bank.

Officer immediately responded to the Bank of America, where they found the wife, who was discovered to be depositing a large sum of currency into another person’s bank account.

Officers interviewed the victim at the bank and learned the missing woman was a victim of an IRS Scam. It was learned the victim had deposited over $15,000 in cash at several various banks.

According to a press release from the Riverside Police Department, officers immediately responded to the other banks where the victim had already made several other deposits and they were able to recover over $11,000 of the victim’s money. Detectives from the Riverside Police Department’s Economic Crimes Division were notified regarding this incident and will be handling this investigation, which was described as “on-going.”

Anyone with further information regarding this incident or others like it is encouraged to contact the Riverside Police Department at: (951) 826-5700. Callers can remain anonymous.

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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