I just read a very interesting article from the San Francisco Chronicle. It discussed the largest scam targeting seniors. Its starts with a random phone call with the caller identifying himself as an agent from the IRS and demanding you owe back taxes that must be paid immediately or an officer will be sent to your home to arrest you.
Don’t panic you might be a target of the IRS scam.
Here are a few tips on how to verify it’s really the IRS even if the agent knows the last 4 digits of your social:
- The IRS will always notify you in writing first.
- Even if your caller ID says IRS it might not be, don’t trust your caller ID.
- The IRS will never send and officer to arrest you.
- The IRS will never demand you to pay without you questioning or appealing the amount.
If you receive a phone call and if you think the call is fraud hang up and call the IRS to verify (800) 829-1040.
Be careful and you should not provide any personal information.
We are revising our Resource Guide to Senior Services and will keep you posted as new information. It’s a booklet we have put together with great information for our seniors which includes facilities and community resources, senior discounts, adult day care, companionship services, etc.
If you need any assistance in searching for a senior facility feel free to contact me or if you have worked with a facility or organization that you were impressed with I would love to hear about it.