Saturday, January 26, 2019
Scammers posing as employees of the Internal Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration are running scams on people searching for anything from Social Security numbers to wire transfers of funds.
Often they are aided by phone spoofing, your caller ID with pop up with phony information.
The Internal Revenue Service will never initiate an inquiry via phone, they always start with a letter and they will usually only talk to you if you call them.
The Social Security Administration will rarely call you unless you have called them first. If you are suspicious hang up and call the number listed in your phone book, preferably for a local office.Never give anyone your SSN unless you have initiated the call and are 100% certain you are talking to a genuine person.
Neither agency will ever ask for wire transfers, or gift cards or Green Dot cards to be done immediately.
If pressured on the phone ask for a number and say "I am going to talk to my CPA" or "I am going to talk to my lawyer" and then hang up the phone! HANG UP THE PHONE.