I would like to see more publicity shown to warn people about threatening scams aimed at those who may be more vulnerable to fall for these attacks. We are seeing more email and phone threats of legal actions against some for not showing up for jury duty, not paying taxes and other alleged offenses.
There was a phone call that came through my phone number recently with a San Francisco caller ID number, the city where the IRS has a major center. There was a voice mail that was left when I refused to answer the call: “...Nickie Johnson from the Internal Revenue Service and the hot line to my division is xx. I repeat xx. Don’t disregard this message and do return the call before we take any action against you. Goodbye and take care.”
I did not call back and won’t. When someone gets such a call they should quickly hang up and not respond. One should never click on an email link to respond to such a scam, just to see what it’s all about. The best thing to do is delete that email.
News media have repeatedly warned that government does not make initial contact by phone calls or emails, and yet many are drawn into falling for these scams.
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Gene Hain, Boise