Is this a scam?
- Someone calls saying a family member has been arrested and they need money to be bailed out immediately. Yes, this is a scam!
- Someone buys something from you and sends you a check written out in an amount greater than the asking price. They tell you to cash the check and either keep or send back the difference. Yes, this is a scam!
- Someone calls and claims they are from the IRS and you owe back taxes, etc. They may even threaten you with arrest. Yes, this is a scam! The IRS only communicates by mail.
- Someone calls and offers you money that you do not have to pay back. Yes, this is a scam!
On a lot of these types of calls, the caller will ask you for personal information. DO NOT give it to them. They may ask you to go to a store and buy gift cards and give them the PIN numbers on the cards. DO NOT do this. When you receive any of these calls, don't give them any information, just hang up. Block the number from your phone and delete the call. If you don't know the number when someone calls just let it go to voicemail. Then you can delete it. Below are some places that you may report these type of calls:
Social Security Administration
IRS - Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
Attorney General's Office