Dialing For Your Hard-earned Dollars

There’s a new scam going around that many people with a family name from South Asia probably know about; but if you don’t then consider yourself warned. In actuality, this scam has been around for years, targeting one group of people at a time. Right now, the people being targeted seem to be mainly from India and Pakistan.

The scam works like this: You get a call from someone claiming to be from the government. They may claim to be from the IRS, a law enforcement agency, or maybe even the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The caller often times has a foreign accent, and might even speak in your native tongue. The caller might also provide some information about you such as the last four digits of your Social Security number or address.They will then claim that you owe money, and that if you don’t pay, bad things will happen to you such as deportation of you and family, freezing your financial assets, or even possible jail time. The caller will then tell you to pay your debt with a prepaid card, and will threaten you if you protest.

Now it’s important remember that the U.S. government will never call you asking for money. It never happens because that’s not how the system works. It’s also important to keep in mind that threats against you are never made by government employees. They will never send police to your house and the IRS will never deport you. The last, and probably the most important thing to remember is that the government will never call you asking you to pay them using a prepaid card or money transfer. Even if everything sounds legit to you on the phone, if someone ever asks you to buy a prepaid card or wire money, it is guaranteed to be a scam.

If you’ve ever been a victim of this scam then be sure to contact the Federal Trade Commission and tell them your story. They can help bring these criminals to justice. If you’ve never been a victim, then consider yourself lucky and be sure to remember these tips.

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