Are you already a victim of phone scams?
02/24/2017 | Author: Editorial Staff
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and demanding you immediately pay back taxes or fines, there's good reason to be skeptical: this is one of the most common types of phone scams.
Anyone who thinks they've been targeted by the IRS phone scam should contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484, but there are many other phone scams to be wary of, too. "Can you hear me?" calls, Facebook customer service, offers of free cruises or travel packages, and unpaid utility bills are all examples of common phone scams.
Automated calls are often used in phone scams—either as part of the scam itself or just to test what phone numbers are connected to real people who are willing to pick up the phone for unfamiliar callers. If you've ever picked up a call where there's no one on the other line, you might already be a target.
To protect yourself, either let unfamiliar callers go to voicemail or do not interact with suspicious callers if you do answer. You can report likely scams to the FTC, which has more tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.
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