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Police say woman paid $29,000 in tax scam

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Camden police are investigating a tax scam that cost a local woman more than $29,000.

Police say the woman received phone calls Friday from a man who identified himself as Shawn Michael with the Internal Revenue Service and told her she risked being arrested if she did not call him back.

According to the police report, the man told her she had to buy Green Dot Smartmoney Cards worth $29,340 and call him back with the account information, which she did. The man told her she needed to provide $21,000 more to correct her credit information.

Police say the woman visited her sister after she went through all of her money, who told her it was a scam.

The phone number to which the woman returned Shawn Michael's call was 979-705-5132.

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