In all cases, the scammers request that money be sent immediately and usually through a wire transfer. Identity thieves obtain personal information about deceased persons from obituaries, funeral homes, hospitals, stolen death certificates, and online web sites.
By impersonating IRS agents, these phone scammers demand immediate payment of overdue taxes from victims via debit card or wire transfer to avoid being arrested.
These scammers may even know the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
These con artists seem credible because they have become sophisticated in finding and using personal information from social media and Internet searches.
In some cases, the scammer impersonates a police officer, a lawyer, or a doctor who is calling on behalf of the relative in trouble.
These scammers, pretending to be law enforcement officers or court officials, contact individuals to inform them that they have failed to report to jury duty.
As a consequence, victims are told to pay a fine by credit card to avoid arrest.
Many sweepstakes, unfortunately, are run by con artists who are looking to access your personal information or tap into your accounts.
These scammers entice consumers with various prize offers and then ask that you share personal information or that you pay a fee to enter the sweepstakes.
Be alert to this “phishing” scam, one of the most sophisticated telephone scams to date.
In fact, according the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), at least 20,000 taxpayers have been targeted.
In addition, victims report that scammers follow up with emails after a call.