Learn how to recognize the warning signs.
Have you, or someone you know, received a call from the IRS or the Social Security Administration (SSA) asking for money? Very likely those calls were made by crooks. They usually attempt to persuade people to transfer money to them or give out personal information.
Imposters often use robocalls to reach you, then launch into a story aimed at tricking you into giving them your money, your Social Security Number (SSN), or both. They may say your SSN has been suspended and you need to confirm your SSN to reactivate it. Or, they may say your SSN has been involved in a crime and your bank account is about to be seized or frozen, but you can protect your money if you put it on a gift card and give them the code. Never do that – your money will disappear.
The best way to avoid falling victim of those kinds of scams is to stay informed. Here are some practical tips to help you stay vigilant:
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This article has been adapted from “10 things you can do to avoid fraud”: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0060-10-things-you-can-do-avoid-fraud