IRS Cautions Seniors on Impersonation Scams

As a part of the efforts leading up to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, the IRS has issued a warning about the increasing threat of impersonation scams targeting seniors. These frauds involve scammers posing as government officials to steal personal information and money, often by manipulating caller IDs to appear legitimate. Scammers create a sense of urgency, pressuring victims to make immediate payments through unconventional methods like gift cards or wire transfers. The IRS emphasized that it does not initiate contact through email, text, or social media regarding tax issues, and advised individuals to verify suspicious communications and report scams. For further assistance, victims of elder fraud can contact the National Elder Fraud Hotline.

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