This is the time of year when those pesky scumbag money hungry cockroaches come out to play their wicked games and try prey on those who may be susceptible to being duped. Elderly, foreigners who speak little English, or others who are too trusting of others are prime candidates. I recently got this email from the Social Security Administration about being careful if you receive a suspicious phone call…. As a general rule: Don’t ever give your social security number to ANYONE, regardless of where they say they are from. Never! If you get a call that seems a bit odd, chances are, it is a scam. And if the caller asks you for information to “confirm your information” or “for verification purposes”, such as your social security number, your credit card account number because they are from your bank / credit card company”, etc., DO NOT EVER give them any information at all. Not your name, not your address, not any account numbers, and most definitely do NOT give your social security number to ANYONE over the phone. Instead, do what we’ve become accustomed to doing in our house, and respond with…. “You called me, so you tell me my social security (or account, credit card, etc.) number”….
Always, keep in mind that government agencies such as the IRS, Social Security Administration or other State Tax Departments will NOT call you because you owe back taxes, or to tell you there’s a problem, etc.
And lastly, please please tell your parents, friends and relatives to beware of the same!!!