Criminals who commit identity theft have gotten quite sophisticated over the years. As per IBM’s X-Force Trend and Risk Report fake e-mails taking a person to a bogus site also known as phishing is rising. It doesn’t stop there however. There have been an increase in net server break ins. Not surprisingly the same is true for mobile phones since many folks have foregone the home phone line and are now using their cell exclusively.
Whichever kind of telephone someone uses identity theft fraudsters have a scam for it. They do not always have to hack into it either. Talking with you often times produces the best results simply because it works on a number of feelings coupled with the urgency of the circumstances. Examples of these are
1. You Owe The Internal Revenue Service
Very few things can scare you like getting a call from the Internal Revenue Service. The identity thief claims something was wrong with your tax information from this year or previous ones. If you want to stop an audit, a severe fiscal penalty or even going to jail it is imperative that you do as the bogus representative instructs you.
They make the bet that after saying all of this you will be to scared to do anything else. Which means you proceed to supply them with the maximum amount of personal information as is possible.
2. You Missed Jury Duty
There is a bench warrant for your arrest. You had jury duty on whatever day and failed to appear. Saying that you never received a summons of any kind does no good. Law enforcement officials are on their way to your house right now. they ask to verify some information. After doing that they tell you that they will double check and then get back to you.
3. The Process Servers
This could be in the form of a court subpoena or a supposed financial debt. Like the IRS and jury duty scam, the scammer is very pushy. This document needs to be sent to you immediately so they need to check your home address as well as make sure you are going to be there in the next hour or so. To your short-term relief the home address doesn’t match and so they decide to verify the social.
4. Congrats You Won
It’s a classic routine nonetheless it can still get the job done. Especially on older folks considered to be one of the segments most victimized by identity thieves. You have won a sweepstakes of some kind. The award will be delivered to you right away but to start with the “agent” needs you to answer a few questions.