• You receive a call from a number that looks like the IRS toll-free number.
  • The caller poses as an IRS representative claiming that you owe money to the IRS.
  • You are told that you must pay the balance promptly using a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer or be subject to punishment. They may even threaten to arrest you or suspend your driver’s license.
  • Hang up. It is the safest remedy if you get a suspicious call.
  • If you don’t know who is calling, avoid the call and let it go to voicemail.
  • Don’t wire money to anyone you don’t know and be wary of anyone calling who seems insistent or urgent.
  • Never reply to messages asking for your financial or other personal information.
  • Do not confirm or deny your identity until you know who is calling. The person who called — and not the person who answers the phone — should identify themselves first.
  • Check the legitimacy of any agency, organization or company cold calling you by doing a quick online search while on the phone. (However, the Krebs report warns even an online search can be risky, since scammers often populate the Internet with misinformation.)
  • Do not disclose usernames or passwords. Do not confirm computer usage, ownership of anything in your house or account numbers.
  • Tell them you are recording the call (and do it if you can). If they hang up, then it is a phone scam.
  • Do not go to websites following the prompts of a cold call. If you do, chances are that you’re downloading a virus or allowing access to your computer and data.

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Sinu is a technology managed service provider with offices in New York City and Washington DC. www.sinu.com

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