Social Security and IRS scams are exploding!

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 23, 2022

 

Reader Alert: I have been informed from clients during a Toni Says® Medicare consultation

that they have received either calls on their cell or home phone or by mail from either Social

Security or the IRS claiming that they owe money, are being held liable and that their Social

Security check has been suspended due to COVID-19 issues.

America is petrified that one wrong move and they can lose everything they have worked

so hard for. Let’s discuss what you, your friends or an elderly family member should do if you

receive a call or something by mail.

Victims are receiving a telephone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS. They

are told that they will be arrested if they do not make a payment immediately and asked to wire money, using Money Gram, Walmart, and other wire services. Millions of dollars have been

stolen from innocent, trusting Americans.

The IRS will send you a letter not a phone call regarding your IRS account and will

not send you an email, text message or reply to anything on social media about your

personal tax information.

Below are five tell-tale warning signs to tip you off…is it or is not the IRS calling you?

1) IRS will not call you to demand immediate payment about taxes you owe without first

mailing you a bill.

2) IRS does not demand that you pay taxes without giving you the chance to question or

appeal the amount they say you owe.

3) IRS does not require you to use a certain payment method for your taxes, such as a

prepaid debit card.

4) IRS does not ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

5) IRS does not threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement to have you

arrested for not paying.

What should you do if you receive a call that you are not completely confident whether it

was the IRS?

 

  • Immediately hang up.
  • Report to the local law authorities that you have received a phone call which is a

scam. Treasury agents are catching fraudsters throughout the United States who

have defrauded millions from distraught Americans.

 

Social Security/COVID-19 SCAM:

In March 2020, local Social Security offices closed to the public due to COVID-19

concerns. However, Social Security employees continue to work. Social Security will not

suspend or decrease Social Security benefit payments due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

Any communication you receive that says Social Security will do that is a scam, whether you

receive it by letter, text, email or phone call.”

A Social Security Alert is written on the back of the Social Security envelopes informing

the public of a Social Security scam. It states, “!!!SCAM ALERT!!!” Scammers are pretending

to be government employees. They may threaten you and may demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or other legal actions. Do not be fooled! If you receive a suspicious call, HANG UP! DO NOT GIVE THEM MONEY OR PERSONAL INFORMATION. Social Security will NEVER:

  1. Threaten you with benefit suspension, arrest or other legal action if you do not pay a fine or fee.
  2. Promise a benefit increase or other assistance in exchange for payment.
  3. Require payment by retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency or prepaid

debit card.

  1. Demand secrecy from you in handling a Social Security-related problem.

Please be extremely alert when talking to telemarketers because one wrong move and you

can lose your personal identity to a scammer.

 

The new 2022Medicare Survival Guide®, which is a simple guide that puts Medicare in “people”

terms, is on sale at www.tonisays.com Email questions at info@tonisays.com or call the Toni

Says Medicare hotline at 832-519-8664.