DARIEN, Conn. -- An elderly Darien man was scammed out of nearly $3,000 by someone claiming to be from the IRS, police said.
The man received a call the morning of Wednesday, April 9, from the number 202-239-6612. The man told police the caller identified himself as "Nick Ray," had a heavy Indian accent and claimed he worked for the IRS. The caller told the man that he owed thousands in taxes and that he would go to prison if he did not pay immediately, police said.
The man was frightened and asked the caller how he could quickly resolve the issue, according to police. He was told to go to the bank, withdraw $2,797, and then to go to CVS and load it onto a Green Dot card. The victim did as instructed and loaded the money onto three cards, then gave the card numbers to "Nick."
After giving the card numbers, the man felt that it might have been a scam and contacted the police. While speaking with an officer, he received another call from "Nick." The officer answered the phone and spoke to the caller, who said that he worked for the IRS. He refused to give his name to the officer and told the officer it was none of his concern, according to police. The caller then cursed and hung up, police said.
The matter remained under investigation, police said.