Scam artists have been preying on our clients and have been trying their fraud schemes on us. Scammers use phone calls, emails and letters trying to get your money and personal information. Some scammers pretend to be a relative or friend in desperate need of money while traveling outside the U.S. Other scammers offer you a irresistible deal – you’ve won a prize or inherited some money, and you can collect it but only after you send a “small” fee. Still other scammers claim to be the IRS and threaten jail or huge tax fines, or bait you with an unexpected refund. If you have a tax problem, the IRS will first send you a letter or tax bill by mail; the IRS never contacts you by phone or email. Most scammers claim you must act immediately, often by sending money, and tell you not to tell anyone else. If scammers make you feel afraid or pressured, they know you’re less likely to see through their scams.
Here are some tips to protect yourself:
· DON’T give out your social security number or birth date to anyone you don’t know