Health Reform / Social Security Tax Scam Appearing in the Basin 11/20/12
CBS 7 News
November 20, 2012
Here’s how it works:
Phone-scammers posing as representatives of the Social Security Administration call you on the phone and tell you that President Obama’s new Health Care Law will soon take full effect—which will create complicated changes in your S.S. tax obligations.
The scammers will then tell you that they will be happy to assist you to set up your new tax schedules and fill out all the paperwork—for a small fee.
The fee usually ranges between $40 to $100, and the imposters will demand—nicely, of course—that you pay immediately over the phone using your debit or credit card.
This scam originally began about two years ago, when the Health Car Law debates were first heating up, but with Obama’s re-election, scammers are once again on the prowl.
The Better Business Bureau offers the following advice to avoid being a victim of this—or any--scam:
· Review any company’s BBB Reliability Report™ at bbb.org before signing up.
· Don’t give out personal information such as social security and bank account numbers. Beware of any sales representative that asks for current insurance policy or ID numbers.
· Review a contract carefully before signing.
· Be wary of anyone offering “free” services of any kind.
· Beware of high-pressure sales tactics claiming big savings by paying immediately.
Bottom line: if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.