Imagine being in a panic thinking that you will be arrested or that money is about to be drained out of your bank account?
Imagine having someone on the phone with you for hours making sure you obey their instructions?
Thousands of people each year don’t have to imagine….
— Common variant of the social security / government imposter scam
You receive a call or message saying that something is wrong with your bank, social security number, or that you are connected with a crime, hang up or don’t call back.
You receive a popup alert on your computer screen, do not call the number presented
You are in a live call with someone who is requesting that you do something with your money, hang up and research this on your own!
You are concerned about your social security number, dial out to your local field office or the national number: 800-772-1213
You are concerned that someone has stolen your identity, please visit IdentityTheft.gov
Withdraw physical cash from your bank under the instructions of someone else, regardless of the reason given.
Make irreversible payments, including bank wires, gift cards, physical cash, or Bitcoin transactions.
Assume that the number on your Caller ID has anything to do with who is actually calling – numbers can be easily faked!
Panic! Always hang up on whomever is distressing you and take your time to thoroughly analyze the situation.
Go it alone! No matter what you are told, consult a trusted friend or family member (or visit your bank) to get a second opinion. The scammers want to isolate you and keep you from finding sound advice.
READ our scam warning page at least once!
Report any scam attempt to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center or call VictimConnect at 855-484-2846 (Mon-Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET)
Include any Bitcoin address you were given by the scam artist in your reports to any agency, as Bitcoin addresses can be traced back to the perpetrators.
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The best way to prevent these types of fraud, nationwide, is through education and awareness before they happen.