SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly Sioux Falls man was tricked out of about $550,000 in a phone scam.

A man claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service called the victim and told him that drugs were found in a car he owned, police spokesman Sam Clemens said. The 82-year-old man was instructed to send money to resolve the issue, Clemens said.

He sent a total of $550,000 through money wires and gift cards, the Argus Leader reported.

The man was told by the scammers to not discuss it with anyone, Clemens said. A family member was concerned and called police to report it.

Clemens said IRS officials do not communicate through the phone and if it was a serious matter they would not say to not discuss it with anybody.

For copyright information, check with the distributor of this item, Argus Leader.