A 14-page study released this week by the Better Business Bureau involving government impostor scams shows that over the last six years, citizens have lost more that $450-million to scammers. In some of the most recent cases, the scammer or con artist claims to be from the I.R.S. or Social Security. Here’s Stephanie Garland with the Better Business Bureau.
Garland says the scammers are using scare tactics.
According to the study, those 20 to 59 were more likely to lose money to these scams than those 60 or older but older victims were more likely to lose larger amounts of money. Everyone is reminded when you get a phone call from anyone claiming to be from the I.R.S., Medicare or Social Security, someone wanting to give you a government grant or if they say they are with a law enforcement agency and want you to pay them money over the phone or buy gift cards, don’t give them any information and just hang up the phone.