Editorial: Hang up the phone
It must be the season for scams. Some area residents have reported receiving calls – live or automated – from the “Internal Revenue Service.” The caller will tell you that you are in trouble with the IRS and will give you a number to call. If you receive such a call or one similar, just hang up the phone. It’s a scam.
Last week a woman told Virginia State Police that she sent $2,000 in gift cards to someone claiming to be from the IRS. It was a scam.
Fredericksburg police reported recently that a 72-year-old resident there sent a caller $12,000. It was a scam.
If you think you do owe the IRS money for back taxes or penalties, call that agency and check on your status. Don’t send your money to anyone without a thorough investigation.
These scammers are going to say things that will make you think they know all about you. There are a lot of smooth talkers out there who want to con you out of your money. Don’t let them intimidate you. Hang up the phone.