FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ) – It’s a new scam just in time for tax season and officials say to stay skeptical.

A Farmington Hills man was swindled out of nearly four-thousand dollars by someone claiming to be with the IRS.

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The man was threatened that he needed to pay up in the form of green dot prepaid money cards or face jail time.

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It wasn’t until the scammers tried to get more money out of their mark that the man became suspicious.

This time the thieves pretended to be Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard.

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The sheriff’s department urges people to be skeptical of any calls demanding money.