CVS clerk thwarts scam, saves customer $5,000

An employee of the CVS store at 1968 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield stepped in to keep a customer from losing

CVS employee Shyming Rivera intervened in a fake IRS scam to save a customer $5,000. (photo Miriam Kelliher)

CVS employee Shyming Rivera intervened in a fake IRS scam to save a customer $5,000. (photo Miriam Kelliher)

$5,000 in an fraudulent IRS scam on Sept. 25, police said.

The employee, Shyming Rivera, objected when a female customer tried to send $5,000 via a MoneyGram to a man she said had called her and told her she owed the money in back taxes.

The customer reportedly argued with Rivera, and then told Rivera to call the police. Police responding to the store Thursday afternoon used the customer’s phone to call the “IRS agent,” who they said cursed at them and hung up.

The fake agent’s phone line was later disconnected, police said.

Fairfield police are warning residents not to fall victim to scams like these, noting that they have gotten at least 20 reports of similar calls in the past few days alone.

“No federal, state or local agency will initiate contact with you by phone without you calling them first,” Sgt. Perez of the Fairfield Police Department said, adding that anyone receiving a call from a person demanding money or personal information on behalf of the government should “hang up on them.”

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