Phone scammers are using caller ID spoofing to appear as if the IRS wants your i-tune gift cards. Lieutenant Kevin Darst with the Aberdeen Police Department said in a recent press release “We are seeing some cases in Aberdeen involving a new twist on the IRS fraud scam that we have seen in the past.”

Darst said suspects are using software that spoofs the caller ID, and appears as if the person is calling from the real phone number for the IRS.

The suspects are being very forceful and threatening arrest for failing to comply. Darst said victims are persuaded to buy Apple I-tune gift cards to pay the fictitious fines, adding that the last victim paid $5000 out in gift cards.

It should be clear to the public that the IRS does not accept this kind of payment and if they have any doubts, contact their local police department.