Criminals are constantly finding new ways to access your money or personal information and evolve their tactics every week. Here are some common examples of scams people may be using to trick you into revealing your personal information.
Scammers will call seniors impersonating younger family members or law enforcement, stating there is an emergency (car accident, hospitalization, etc.) where they will ask the senior to send money urgently. If this happens to you, hang up and call the family member directly. Most of the time, you will find that your family member is safe.
Tech Support Scam
Be careful when receiving communication from "tech support" who claim to be from well-known companies with which you may have an account. You may get an urgent message saying your account or device has been hacked. By clicking these links or allowing access to your device, you may be granting access to install viruses that will collect your personal information.
Spoofed Phone Scam
Scammers can easily manipulate caller ID now, so calls will appear to be coming from a more trustworthy phone number. If you are unsure about a call, do not answer and let it go to voicemail. A legitimate caller will leave a voicemail with a detailed message where you can then respond accordingly.
IRS Imposter Scam
The IRS DOES NOT call, email, or text if there is an issue. They will contact you first by mail. Scammers will try to demand victims pay their “overdue taxes” via debit card or wire transfer. If you are suspicious, hang up and call the number posted on the IRS website, (267) 941-1000.
Social Security Administration Imposter Scam
Much like the IRS, the Social Security Administration will only reach out to you via regular mail. Hackers using these scams often go after seniors, making them nervous that they are suspending their benefits. These calls are usually automated, asking you to press a key to continue. If this is the case, hang up and call the Social Security Administration directly. If anyone asks for your Social Security Number or even your bank account numbers, NEVER share this info; you might fall victim to identity theft.
If you believe you've been a victim of a scam, please call USALLLIANCE’s member services team immediately at +1 (800) 431-2754. We are here to assist you.