Avoid social security number scams at tax time

HBPD wants to remind everyone to be cautious of IRS and Social Security scams this tax season.  

There are dozens of different scams each year.  Some scammers can be very convincing.  In some cases, the victims never report the monetary loss to relatives or law enforcement due to embarrassment.

Here are some helpful facts to remember;

  • Your Social Security number will never be "suspended".
  • The IRS will never call you on the phone.
  • The IRS will not request you make a payment to them with gift cards or money orders.
  • If the IRS claims they are sending local law enforcement to arrest you, contact your local police department.
  • Never give someone your social security number over the phone.
  • Never share your bank account number.

Other useful information on scams can be found on the Federal Trade Commission website under the SCAMS tab located here,  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts