Scammy Christmas

Editorial

It’s sad that scammers and thieves ramp up their efforts during this time of year, but that’s the world we live in. I received multiple calls over the weekend (three of which I answered before ignoring the rest) with a robotic voice telling me that the IRS has four charges against me and I should immediately call this number before the “local cops” are notified to arrest me.

The script was obviously written by someone who doesn’t speak English natively and used a translation service. I find it hard to believe that anyone could fall for such an obvious scam, but there are people out there who do. And that’s why these people continue to do it. They prey on people who don’t know any better.

That’s where those of us who know better come in. You know the people in your life who can become victims of these phone calls. Talk to them and ask them to write things down and seek help from someone they trust before calling anyone back about anything they find confusing. Tell them that no government agency or reputable business is going to call and demand money from them to keep them from going to jail.

These scammers rely on fear to con people out of their money, so we have to ensure the vulnerable that they don’t have to fear someone on the other end of a telephone call. Don’t let a phone scam ruin your holiday or worse, your finances. Just hang up!

-ms