Is This Still Happening?
A recent article reminds us of a scam that is still being tried: telephone callers saying they are from the IRS and demanding immediate payment to avoid arrest and imprisonment. If you won’t pay on the spot, your Social Security number is demanded. But, as the IRS frequently tells us, they don’t call people on the telephone demanding payment. So it’s a scam and you should hang up. Similar ploys involve school loan payments, and nearly all of them want your identifying numbers so they can be stolen. Never give out Social Security or bank account numbers to people who call you. Here’s a question: are there people who get up in the morning and say “today at work I’m going to try to cheat innocent people by scaring them with phony IRS demands.” Apparently there are.