Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Don't Be A Scam Victim


Doug Walker, the Social Administration Administration's deputy commissioner for communications, offers a piece on how to avoid becoming a scam victim.

With the tax season wrapping up, scammers are out in full force. Perhaps you received a phone call demanding payment from the IRS. They may threaten you with legal action if you do not pay immediately, or say things like, “we are sending the police to arrest you.” While these calls may seem scary, it is important to understand that they are not legitimate. This scam, which started in October 2013, has claimed over $29 million from its victims. Unfortunately, this is just one of many scams designed to make you believe you are speaking with a legitimate government official.
Scammers use many tactics in an attempt to force victims to give out information, and sometimes money, via telephone or email. In Social Security related scams, they often call under a guise of helping you complete a disability application, asking you for your Social Security number or banking information.
You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:

http://blog.socialsecurity.gov/dont-be-a-scam-victim-youre-in-control/   

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