3 ON YOUR SIDE (3TV) - The 3 On Your Side Team gets a lot of emails from viewers wondering if certain phone calls are legit or scams. So, we want to share some of those calls with you, so you know what to look out for.
First up, there’s one call we’ve been getting a lot of questions about regarding the Social Security Administration. Here’s a sample.
“This call is from the Department of Social Security Administration. The reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspended your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity,” the call said.
Remember, the Social Security Administration will never call you. It’s a scam.
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Then, there are the phone calls that claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The phone numbers even look legitimate with a Washington, D.C. area code that pops up on your caller ID.
“The reason for this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit with your name because you have tried to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. We are taking legal action, and we are issuing an arrest warrant in your name,” the call says.
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Many times, these callers say you’ll be arrested if you don’t send money or call them back. That’s the intimidation factor, so don’t be fooled.
“You will be taken into custody by the local police. There are four serious allegations pressed on your name at this moment. We would request you to get back to us so that we can discuss this case before taking any legal action against you,” the caller said.
Another call to look out for has what appears to be the voice from the exact same woman. But she gives different names for each different call.
“Yes, this is Kelly Hoffman,” one of the scam calls says. “This is Robin Walters,” another one claims. “This message is concerning your unsecured credit debt.” In another call, the woman with the same voice says, “I’m calling in reference to your federal student loan.”
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3 On Your Side doesn’t want to see anyone get taken advantage, or duped out of money. So, be careful. And, if you get one of these phone calls, hang up.