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Fraud Watch Alert: Government Impostors

Posted on 03/25/19

Scammers claim to be government officials to steal your money or your identity.  Here’s what to watch for:

Scammers’ Tactics

  • It’s the IRS: You owe taxes and must pay immediately or face arrest!
  • It’s Social Security: Your number was compromised and you need to take immediate action?
  • Free Money: You qualify for a federal grant!
  • You’ve Won: You’ve won millions in a federally-supervised lottery!

What You Should Know

  • The government will not contact you out of the blue.
  • The government will not contact you by text or email.
  • The government does not accept payment by wire transfer or gift card.
  • The government does not oversee lotteries or sweepstakes.
  • There is no such thing as the Federal Grants Administration.

Call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline to report a scam or for victim assistance:  1-866-908-3360.

This story is provided by AARP Massachusetts. Visit the AARP Massachusetts page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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