NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Police Department reports that a Nutley citizen became the victim of theft by deception after an "IRS agent" contacted them and requested a payment of $1000 to be made with a Target gift card.
The victim reported that they received a call from "Rick Cooper" claiming to be from the IRS Albany office. HE gave the badge number as 1207. The victim was told that they had to immediately set up a payment plan for taxes owed to avoid being arrested by local police.
The victim followed the instructions, went to Target, purchased a $1000 gift ard and provided agent Cooper with the card number. Afterwards, the victim believed the situation was suspicious and attempted to contact Mr. Cooper again with negative results. The victim also contacted Target and learned the entire amount of the card had been used.
The real IRS contacts people through the mail. The IRS does not accept Target gift cards as payment.
The victim was advised by Nutley police of how to obtain a copy of the report for their records.