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Troopers: Tax Season Scams Alert

Submitted by Joe DeAngelo, Haddam Resident Trooper.

(March 3, 2021) Due to it being tax season, we have seen an increased in the “tried and true” IRS scam in which folks are receiving automated calls from individuals whom claim to be from the IRS threatening arrest, etc.  I have personally received at least a handful of these “robo calls” on both my personal cell phone and also at the Resident Troopers Office over the last few weeks, so no one is immune to them!
We would like to take a few moments to provide some information pertaining to scams that will hopefully be beneficial moving forward:
The best and most effective way to avoid falling victim to a scam is to identify the scam attempt as quickly as possible and not fall for it in the first place. Being proactive and being able to identify some of the tactics that these crooks use is the best way to avoid finding yourself in an undesirable position.
NEVER provide personal information to someone who contacts you by phone, e-mail, social media, etc. claiming to be a representative of a company or organization that you may/may not do business with. This includes, but is not limited to: social security numbers, account passwords/PIN numbers, date of birth, account information, etc.
A common scam that we have been seeing recently during tax season is as follows:
  • 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.”

OR

“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.

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