Taxpayers should be on the lookout for new version of Social Security Number scam.
The scammers are out there and they just don’t stop. By now you know better than to worry if someone from the IRS calls (it’s never them; they correspond by Snail Mail only)/ Taxpayers should be on the lookout for new variations of tax-related scams. In the latest twist on a scam related to Social Security numbers, 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.
Scammers may mention overdue taxes in addition to threatening to cancel the person’s Social Security Number (SSN). If taxpayers receive a call threatening to suspend their SSN for an unpaid tax bill, they should just hang up.
Make no mistake…it’s a scam.
Taxpayers should not give out sensitive information over the phone unless they are positive they know the caller is legitimate. When in doubt –hang up. Here are some telltale signs of this scam. The IRS and its authorized private collection agencies will never:
Taxpayers who don’t owe taxes and have no reason to think they do should:
Taxpayers who owe tax or think they do should:
So don’t be fooled. Don’t subject yourself to undue stress. If you still have doubts, consult with your tax professional to determine the legitimacy of any calls or correspondence you receive.