July 24, 2024

An ingenious scam scheme fronting as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents has been exposed in Bourbon County, Kentucky with two Ohio men arrested. A joint operation of the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and the FBI led to their arrests.

The scam was revealed on June 4th when BCSO officers responded to a call regarding a supposed IRS scam. The victim alleged to have received an email on April 16 informing her that her account was compromised, upon clicking the link in the email, she was contacted by the purported IRS ‘agents’.

Once in contact, she was instructed to move her ‘unsafe’ assets to a ‘federal safety locker’, an operation that involved making several bank withdrawals, depositing these funds at a bitcoin point, and then transferring additional money to a New York account for gold bar purchases. After receiving the bars, she was to notify the ‘agents’, who would then visit to collect them.

The perpetrators were said to have remained in persistent communication with the victim throughout the entire transaction.

The perpetrators intimidated the victim into repeating the transactions, however she delightedly reached out to the BCSO during the second round of transactions. Assistance from the FBI was sought by local law enforcement to aid in investigating the scam.

The cooperative effort between BCSO and the FBI involved monitoring phone calls between the victim and the scammers who agreed to pick up a second batch of gold bars. Shortly after, two men with an Ohio license plate were seen collecting a package from the victim’s address.

![Akshay Priyadarshi,26, lodged in Bourbon County Detention center](https://investmentshoax.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/Akshay-Priyadarshi-26.jpg)
![Sanjaybhai Patel, 29, lodged in Bourbon County Detention center](https://investmentshoax.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/Patel-29.jpg)

Arrested from Beaver Creek, Ohio; Sanjaybhai Patel, 29, and Akshay Rai Priyadarshi, 26, were charged with conspiracy to commit theft by deception over $10,000. Both have been incarcerated at the Bourbon County Detention Center.

The Bourbon County Sheriff offered his thanks to the deputies for their diligent work to comfort the victim and their dedication to their community.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are IRS Impersonation Scams Executed?

IRS Scams typically involve scammers impersonating IRS officials through emails, phone calls or texts, claiming that the victim owes taxes or has a compromised account. The victim is bullied into sending money, giving personal information, or making withdrawals and purchases as directed by the scammer, often under the guise of fixing a non-existent problem.

What measures can I take to avoid IRS Scams?

To avoid such scams always be wary of unsolicited communications, especially those demanding immediate action. Genuine IRS officials will never ask for sensitive information through email or threaten you. Always verify unsolicited requests with the IRS through their official contact points. Using multi-factor authentication for financial accounts also adds an additional layer of security.

What should one do when a scam is suspected?

If you suspect a scam, you should immediately terminate communication with the person, take note of any information that could aid in identifying them like a phone number or email address, and report to the authorities. Never share personal or financial details with unsolicited communicators.