- you receive a call or voice message saying that something is wrong with your social security number or you are connected with a crime, hang up or don’t call back.
- you are in a live call with someone who is requesting that you do something with your money, no matter what they’ve told you, hang up!
- you are concerned about your social security number, dial out to your local field office or the national number: 800-772-1213
- you are concerned that someone has stolen your identity, please visit IdentityTheft.gov
- Don’t make any irreversible payments, including bank wires, gift cards, physical cash, or Bitcoin transactions.
- Don’t assume that the number on your Caller ID has anything to do with who is actually calling – numbers can be easily faked!
- Don’t panic! Always hang up on whoever is distressing you and take your time to thoroughly analyze the situation.
- Don’t go it alone! No matter what you are told, consult a trusted friend or family member (or even your local bank) to get a second opinion. The scammers want to isolate you and keep you from finding sound advice.
- Do report any scam attempt to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center
- Do include any Bitcoin address you were given by the scam artist in your reports to any agency, as Bitcoin addresses can be traced back to the perpetrators.
- Please share this warning page with as many people as you can!
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