The Pine Bluff Police Department is warning of several new scams that are sweeping the area, according to a PBPD news release.

“People of different age groups have received phone calls stating someone in their family has been involved in an accident and has had to be taken to the hospital,” the news release said. “The scammers calling are saying the relatives need money for the hospital visit. They are also saying relatives are in jail and need money to get out.”

The scammers are also using a scheme where they claim to be a representative of the IRS or pose as police officers to try and collect money. They are asking for large sums of money, by way of Walmart. The scammers are asking people to purchase Walmart cards and to give them the pin numbers to the cards.

“Contact with Walmart has been made about the scam. The Pine Bluff Police Department and Walmart representatives are working with each other to get this situation handled,” the news release said.

“Walmart has instructed their employees to ask questions when it comes to large amounts of money either being wired or purchased for the Walmart cards. If you receive any calls of that nature ask questions and check into the situation more. Contact can be made with the Pine Bluff Police Department if any assistance is needed.”

A few tips to remember, according to police:The IRS will not contact you via telephone.The IRS will not accept Walmart gift cards as collection for debt.Police officers will not contact you to collect on any debt.Facebook- pinebluff.pbpd@facebook.comText-a-Tip-274637 Keyword: PBPD