I had a call last week claiming to be from the IRS and threatening me with fines and jail time if I did not respond. The voice sounded like it was backed with authority and that there would be serious consequences if I did not call them. If you receive a call like this, it may likely shake you or scare you. We here at Legal Aid of Wyoming want to caution you about scammers. The IRS call like the one I received is a common scam. The IRS, Social Security Office, or other government offices will never call you and ask you for private information. They will not threaten you with jail time or with fines.
Let’s say you did have some trouble with taxes, then the IRS will likely contact you by letter and you will be given an opportunity to respond in writing. Bottom line: they will never call or text. So, if you get a call like this, just hang up or delete the message.
During the pandemic, we are all faced with additional anxiety and worries. Scammers prey on that. They want you to be worried. They want you to be scared. And they want to try to get your money or personal information. Do not give it to them.
Some common COVID-19 related scams right now include:
If you think you are the victim of a scam, you can call Legal Aid of Wyoming’s hotline at 877-432-9955 to see if we might be able to assist you. Other helpful resources include:
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