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Rep. O’Neill Warns Residents to be Wary of Scams

Posted on September 24, 2018 by admin


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State Representative Arthur O’Neill (R-69) wants to remind people to be wary of unsolicited phone scams that target Connecticut residents and can result in serious expense or stolen identity.

Scammers continually adapt their techniques and in recent years there has been a distinct uptick of in-person, phone and Internet scams across the country, and certainly within Connecticut. Locally, scammers have been using automated “robocalls” – many linked to a local number to entice a person to answer – while trying to get residents to divulge personal identifying information or send money or gift cards. The calls vary, but many claim the IRS or local police have issued warrants for overdue bills or that the recipient has undisclosed “serious allegations” pending.

“The heartless people running these scams have no regard for the law and will stop at almost nothing to steal money from the honest, hard-working people of our state,” Rep. O’Neill said. “Remaining vigilant is the best way to stay safe. If you are unsure of the true identity of a caller claiming you are in trouble or demanding money, please end the call and contact the company directly.”

According to their website, the IRS will not call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. They will not demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe or threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.

More information, including tips and techniques to avoid becoming a victim, can be found on the FTC and IRS websites at:  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0060-10-things-you-can-do-avoid-fraud https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scamsconsumer-alerts