Department of Revenue warns of phone scams
The Oregon Department of Revenue issued a warning last week after a recent spate of phone calls to taxpayers that could be scams.
According to a release from the agency, callers identifying themselves as representatives of the Social Security Administration (SSA) are threatening to deactivate taxpayers' Social Security number or account because of so-called "suspicious activity." The scammers then ask for personal and bank account information.
The scam appears somewhat legitimate, officials said, because taxpayers' caller ID will identify the call as emanating from the Social Security Administration's actual number (1-800-772-1213), but the scammers are faking the number.
"We encourage the public to protect themselves by verifying they're speaking with authorized representatives of the Social Security Administration if they have any questions about the legitimacy of the call," Nia Ray, director of the Oregon Department of Revenue, said.
The SSA also advised the public to be vigilant, advising potential victims of the scam to hang up the phone and call the SSA at the above number to speak to an actual SSA representative.
"Never give any part of your Social Security number to anyone who contact you," the release said, "or your bank account or credit card number."
The agency also asks that victims notify the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint, report all scams to the Office of the Inspector General hotline at 1-800-269-0271 or visit https://oig.ssa.gov/report.
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