The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office would like to make the public aware of a scam that has surfaced in recent weeks.

Yesterday, a citizen reported receiving an automated telephone message from the Tax Audit Department of the Internal Revenue Service. The voice on the message identified the speaker as Fernando Rodriguez. The message was to inform the resident of a legal petition against them regarding tax evasion or tax fraud. The resident was advised to call a specific phone number, outside the 559 area code, or the matter would result in federal legal action or arrest by the county sheriff.

In this particular incident, the resident’s tax preparer called the number but the person who answered hung up.

When detectives called the number, a male subject answered but hung up several times. The subject had an Indian accent and identified himself as Mike Robinson. The subject made several derogatory remarks and admitted to being a scammer.

Detectives believe these unsolicited calls are an attempt to solicit personal information from potential victims, and are part of a prepaid credit card scam.

Over the past two weeks, the Sheriff’s Office has handled at least six similar incidents. One victim was reportedly scammed of approximately $900.00.

Should you receive this type of call, do not call the number. Immediately report it to your local law enforcement agency.

Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137