Published Sep 23, 2019 at 5:19 AM | Updated at 7:41 AM PDT on Sep 23, 2019
Two women were arrested in an investigation that began after someone impersonating an IRS employee threatened a man with arrest unless he bought $2,200 worth of Target gift cards.
The call led to the arrests in connection with a well-known scam and the recovery of about $900,000 worth of stolen merchandise, including electronics purchased with gift cards supplied by the victims. Investigators say the suspects were well organized, preying on victims’ fear of arrest.
Here's a look at how the scam works and what police found when they served search warrants in the investigation.