Social Security and IRS scams are exploding! – The Observer


Reader Alert: I was told by clients during a Toni Says® Medicare consultation

that they received calls on their cell phone or their home phone or by mail from one or other of the social networks.

Security or the IRS claiming they owe money, are held responsible and their Social

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

America is petrified just one wrong move and they can lose everything they’ve worked for

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

receive a call or something in the mail.

The victims receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS. They

are informed that they will be arrested if they do not make a payment immediately and asked to transfer money, using Money Gram, Walmart and other transfer 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 you

not send you emails, text messages or replies to anything on social media about your

personal tax information.

Below are five warning signs to warn you… is the taxman calling you or not?

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

send you an invoice.

2) The IRS does not require you to pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to ask questions or

appeal the amount they say you owe.

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

prepaid debit card.

4) The IRS does not request credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

5) The IRS is not threatening to call in local police or other law enforcement to get you

arrested for non-payment.

What should you do if you receive a call that you are not sure

was the taxman?

  • Hang up immediately.
  • Report to local law enforcement that you received a phone call

scam. Treasury agents are catching fraudsters all over the United States who

defrauded millions of distraught Americans.

SCAM Social Security/COVID-19:

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 be

suspend or reduce Social Security benefit payments due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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

receive it by letter, SMS, e-mail or telephone call.

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

the public of a social security scam. It reads, “!!! SCAM ALERT!!!” Scammers pretend

be government employees. They may threaten you and demand immediate payment to avoid arrest or further legal action. Don’t 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 suspension of benefits, arrest or other legal action if you do not pay a fine or fee.
  2. Promise increased benefits or other assistance in exchange for payment.
  3. Require gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency, or prepaid payment

debit card.

  1. Demand secrecy from you in dealing with a social security issue.

Be extremely careful 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 places Medicare in “people”

terms, is for sale at Email questions to [email protected] or call the Toni

Says the Medicare hotline at 832-519-8664.


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