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AARP Announces scams

AARP recently announced several alerts about current scams arising often. The first relates to Social Security. AARP reports an announcement by the current Inspector General of Social Security concerning phone calls by people impersonating employees of the Social Security Administration. These fraudsters request the social security number of the person answering the telephone saying that they need the number in order to confirm available benefits. Do not be fooled! The SSA will not reach out to you by telephone. Do not provide any personal information in response to such a call. Instead, report the fraud to the Inspector General of the SSA at (800) 269-0721.

Now that it’s tax season, a variety of schemes may come into play. Look out for anyone trying to obtain information appearing on a W-2 or some other form reporting income. Scammers will use this information to commit identity theft, enabling them to obtain credit cards or take out loans in your name.

Watch out for advance fee scams. Someone may contact you asking you to pay an advance fee for filling out a form that you are able to fill out yourself. They may appear at your door saying that you need repair work and pressuring you to pay them right away for work they never intend to perform. Take your time to investigate the company or verify that you need the assistance of the kind they are offering.

AARP also notes that there are a wide variety of telephone scammers that may reach out to you to try to lure you into giving them money or sensitive information. They might offer you money if you pay a small advance fee, saying that they need your bank account information to pay you. They might try to sell you fake products or trips. Just hang up! Better yet, if you don’t recognize the number, don’t answer the phone.

Amazon recently reported a phishing scheme using an email that purports to come from them, but really doesn’t. The email invites you to log in on a web page that looks like Amazon’s and asks you for bank account or credit card information. Amazon says it will never email you about account mattes. Amazon also says that if you want to check anything concerning your account, make sure you log in directly to Amazon.com.

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