Always keep in mind that Microsoft, the IRS, and other government agencies will not contact you directly over the phone. Do not ever give your social security and bank information over the phone to a random person that called your first. And, remember, hanging up the phone is your easiest solution against any phone scam.
What to do if you receive a call from a scammer
- Hang up the phone immediately! If you aren't sure whether the claim is legitimate, hang up and call the company or agency directly.
- If you receive a phone call from an unknown number, don't call it back without researching the number. It could be a scam!
- File a complaint with the FTC. If you think you might have been a victim of a phone scam, file a complaint with the FTC online or call 877-382-4357.
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