Submitted by Joe DeAngelo, Haddam Resident Trooper.
- Receiving a phone call (usually an automated message) from someone claiming to be a representative of the IRS. Never provide personal information or Social Security numbers to anyone over the phone or via e-mail. The IRS will not contact you via phone or e-mail; correspondence will be sent via US Mail. Many scammers are using technology and automated systems to place “robo calls” to unsuspecting victims which contain information similar to what is noted here:
“This call is from the Department of Social Security Administration the reason you have received this phone call from our department is to inform you that we just suspended your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity so if you want to know about this case just press one thank you.”
“We have received a notification regarding your tax filings from the headquarters which will get expired in next 24 working hours. And once it gets expired after that, you will be taken into custody by the local cops as there are more serious allegations pressed on your name at this moment. We would request you to get back to us so that we can discuss about this case before taking any legal action against you.”
Both of the above are actual examples of scams that are circulating currently. Due to advanced encryption and technology that is available to scammers, it is exceptionally difficult, if not impossible, to track them down. If calls of this nature are received, it is not necessary to contact the police; however, if citizens are unsure if the call is legitimate, have general questions, or are looking for advice on how to proceed, please call Troop F at 860-399-2100.