This newsletter is reprinted by popular demand. Please read and share because these scams are still active, especially this time of year.)
The phone rings. You pick it up and the caller identifies himself as being from the government, contacting you on a problem with your taxes.
Your heart races. You begin to wonder what could possibly be wrong? You picture investigations, fines, and trouble!
All those thoughts begin to spin in your head while you try to listen to what he is saying.
When you start to ask questions, the caller becomes aggressive and threatens serious consequences—police, criminal charges, and jail—if you don’t provide specific information and make a payment right away.
That is called a telephone phishing scam.