We are in the middle of tax season which mean scammers are on the prowl to take advantage of people that don’t know any better. Scammers are pretending to be government employees and trying to scare you into giving them your personal information and money. They may threaten you or your family and may demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or other legal action. DON’T BE FOOLED!
If you receive a suspicious call:
- Hang up!
- DO NOT give them money or personal information!
- Report the scam at OIG.SSA.GOV!
These scammers often sound very official and are masters at using scare tactics. After all, there is not much more terrifying than having your social security number compromised! So, how do you know if the call is suspicious? The Social Security Administration and the IRS may call you in some situations but they will never:
- Threaten you
- Suspend your Social Security Number
- Demand immediate payment from you
- Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer
- Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or to wire or mail cash
If you receive a call or email with any of the following things it is a suspicious call. DON’T FALL FOR IT!
- The call or email says there is a problem with your Social Security Number or account.
- Someone asking you to pay a fine or debt with retail gift cards, wire transfers, pre-paid debit cards, internet currency, or by mailing cash.
- Scammers pretend they’re from Social Security or another government agency. Caller ID or documents sent by email may look official but they are not.
- Callers threaten you with arrest or other legal action.
Protect yourself, friends, and family! If you receive a questionable call, hang up and report it at oig.ssa.gov
Learn more at oig.ssa.gov/scam and please share this information with others.