Look Out!

Tax season is upon us and unless your one of those people who are going to owe the government a boatload of money, you're pretty excited about receiving your end of the year tax return. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year you begin to receive those phone calls from the “IRS, the Social Security Office, or your aunt Martha who is stranded in Europe.” Scammers take advantage of this time of year and those receiving their return are not the only ones in danger, scammers will also target those who owe money. So as excited as you may be for tax season, or not, be ready for those annoying phone calls.

One phone call many of us are familiar with is the “Call us back immediately, this is an urgent call from the offices of Social Security.” With the threat of having the authorities called on us or having our social security number (SSN) suspended, who wouldn’t get a little nervous? These con artists want to scare you into becoming a victim. The IRS.gov website says that “scammers claim to be able to suspend or cancel the victim’s SSN. It’s yet another attempt by con artists to frighten people into returning ‘robocall’ voicemails.”

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The truth is that these con artists have no real power and cannot make you do anything. All they want to do is get money or information from you. Remember the Social Security Administration will never threaten you, suspend your social security number, demand immediate payment, require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit card, or wire transfer. As long as you remember this, they will not be able to scam you out of your identity or your money. As a Florida Health Care Plans Member, we don’t only want you to be physically health, we want you to also be financially savvy.

Categories: Financial, Awareness