We’re hearing about some new scams out there where fraudsters call or email saying they are from Social Security, the VA or the IRS alleging that you owe them money. In some cases, these scammers are very persistent and may contact you numerous times. The callers/emailers use pressure tactics, threats or sometimes rewards to force victims to give out their bank account or credit card numbers. In some instances, the scam artists tell you to wire money or ask you purchase gift cards and then give them the numbers.
Please note: U.S. government agencies never call or email and never threaten you for personal information or money! If you receive a call or email like this, it’s a scam. If anything is wrong, these agencies will write a formal letter on agency letterhead and send it to you through the mail. In addition, a legitimate agency or company would never ask you for your personal information (they already have it) or to purchase gift cards and/or pay a fee or penalty by wire transfer. You can be certain that if anyone ever asks you to do this, it’s a scam. Hang up immediately, delete the email and report the scam to your local police or to the government agency.
For more information, please check out this helpful link from the Social Security Administration. Be vigilant and stay safe!