Scam IRS calls and now Emergency calls

Reply Wed 6 Jan, 2016 10:01 pm
I was wondering if anyone here has or have had friends who lost money to these scam calls. I got called twice saying that I was going to be sued by the IRS if I did not return a call. I knew they were scams, but I can see why some people may think it could be for real. Yesterday I got three Emergency Calls and my mother answered one of them. Luckily she is near deaf and could not hear what was being said by the caller, and he hung up.
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2016 10:07 pm
Funny I just got the same call from the IRS. I didn't answer but the recording told me I was being sued. Anyway I jotted down the number and thought for hoots I might call them back from a work conference room where there was no chance of getting any personal information.
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Reply Fri 8 Jan, 2016 08:23 am
Get caller ID on your phone and learn how to block unwanted callers. Make it clear to your mother that every call from now on in your home or hers needs to be screened. You let the machine get it unless you recognize the name AND the number (because both can be spoofed).

If you are concerned about your mother becoming the victim of a ripoff, ask her to give you information on the calls she's getting before she tries to call anyone back. Block any scam calls and report them to your state's Attorney General's Office (or the equivalent if you're outside the United States).

If necessary, you can become a co-signatory on your mother's bank accounts and work with your bank to find ways to pay her legitimate bills on time and painlessly (usually through monthly deductions for legit businesses, like her telephone provider) and maybe even put her on a bit of an allowance if need be. I realize not everyone wants to do this, but if her being ripped off is a real danger, then you'll need to (with your siblings if you have any) step in and work to protect her.

Scams which target the elderly in particular are some of the worst things. Those people should rot in hell for what they do to some of our more vulnerable citizens.
Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2016 11:49 am
Jespah, I am doing everything you stated. I am my mother's financial manager and estate handler, and bank accounts are joint. I have a message recorder with caller ID but not blocking any calls yet. It is my concern that many people aren't aware of scam calls using important IDs like the IRS and Emergency 911. It becomes evident only when they start asking for bribe payments that they are scams. They are also after your name and social security number from which they can do some other damages to you.
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