Sheriff warns of IRS scam

Polk County deputies are warning residents to look out for a new twist on an old scam. They say some people have been receiving automated messages from someone claiming to be from the IRS.

The message threatens a lawsuit if money owed isn't paid.

Deputies say the IRS will never make a phone call or send an email about taxes.

"If somebody calls you from the IRS and says you ow money or 'we're going to sue you,' tell 'em to stick it where the sun doesn't shine," offered Sheriff Grady Judd, who said he had gotten such a call himself. "All they're trying to do is rip you off. That's not the IRS."

The IRS says if you receive a call like this, they want to hear about it. To report this scam online, go to