On any given week, I receive 3-4 voicemail messages from what appears to be someone impersonating the IRS. Has this happened to you? They leave a message saying I need to pay an outstanding amount immediately or be subject to legal troubles. I had thought this was a rare occurrence until I read an advisory from the Naval Submarine Base New London’s Facebook page on determining if the IRS is really calling you. Seems many others are being contacted like me and some have fallen victim to this scam.
Below is key information to know when determining if the IRS is really calling you. According to their website, the IRS Does Not:
To help protect yourself from giving out your personal information or money to fraudsters, check out the full details here on the IRS website.
Keep these four tips from USAA in mind to help keep your identity and money safe from scammers:
Unfortunately, scammers are everywhere, this is not exclusive to the IRS. Fraudulent messages can come under the guise of many legitimate businesses. NEVER provide personal data without following up with the company.You can read more about how USAA is committed to keeping your information safe here. You can also send any suspect emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be vigilant and let’s stop scammers in their tracks!
What is your tip for keeping personal information safe from fraudsters? Share in the comments.
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