SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Senior Center Warns Seniors Of IRS Scams

Below is an announcement in the latest Wilmington Senior Center newsletter:


IRS or government scams involve a con artist impersonating a government official to get you to send them money. The most popular is the IRS scam, where a caller pretends to be from the IRS and informs you that you owe taxes

Spot The Scam:

If you owe the IRS money, a phone call threatening arrest won’t be the first time you hear from them.

This scam claims late payments can be accepted in the form of gift cards, usually iTunes gift cards. Government entities do not accept payment using gift cards. If payment by gift card is being requested, hang up.

The IRS will never threaten to have you jailed or deported.

Stop The Scam:

Never give out your bank account information to someone you don’t know.

A variation of this scam requests your credit card payment and a small processing fee. The government won’t charge a processing fee on a grant they are awarding.

Research available grant or assistance programs. Some scammers will charge consumers a fee to assist with grant applications or loan consolidation—services the government usually offers for free.

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