** SCAM ALERT **
There are many scams going around this area. Here are some of the ones we have noticed lately.
IRS SCAM: People call or email claiming to be from the IRS, saying you owe money. They say they will send they police to arrest you if you don’t pay them right now. According to the IRS “The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers to request personal or financial information. Always keep in mind that the IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action.”
MEDICARE SCAM: Someone knocks on your door or calls, telling you that there are changes in Medicare and you need to change your insurance. They ask for your personal information, such as Social Security number, Medicare number, or bank account information. They may tell you that you need to apply for Medicaid, and they give you an application. Again, if there are any changes you will get a letter in the mail. They will never send someone to your door.
SOCIAL SECURITY SCAM: Someone calls claiming that Social Security owes you money, either because of a grant they have or because they didn’t pay you enough. They ask for your personal information, such as Social Security number and bank account information. Again, if there are any changes you will get a letter in the mail.
SHERIFF SCAM: Someone calls claiming to be a Clay County Deputy, telling you that there is either a warrant for your arrest, or that a relative is in jail. They ask you to give them a prepaid card. According to The Sherriff’s office they have a procedure they have to follow in these situations, and they will never ask for a prepaid card or gift card.
This is what to do:
1) Ask them to send everything in writing. The government is required to send everything in writing.
2) Tell them you will take what they send you to your family or your social worker to review. If someone is trying to scam you, they will back off if they know you have help.
3) When in doubt you can call Northland Shepherd’s Center or the non-emergency police number.
4) Northland Shepherd’s Center social worker: Miranda Wilson 452-4536
THINGS TO REMEMBER
1) Just because someone knows a lot about you doesn’t mean it is real. People can find lots of information about you on the internet, even if you have never used the internet.
2) If there are any changes to Medicare or Social Security, they government is required to send you a letter to let you know. They will never knock on your door.
3) The government will never demand that you give them a payment over the phone.
4) Don’t believe someone calling saying they are going to arrest you if you don’t give them money. If there really was a warrant for your arrest, they would never call you before they try to arrest you.