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3 Simple Ways to Sidestep Phone Scams

Fraudsters count on you not doing these things.

This story appears in the December 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When someone claiming to be with the IRS left a voicemail saying I was being sued, I freaked. I called back the number to see what was going on, and the second the self-­appointed IRS agent answered, he demanded my Social Security number. That’s when I knew it was a scam, and I hung up. The IRS never asks for your Social Security number over the phone. (I also know the IRS never answers the phone that promptly!) If the agency has an issue with your tax returns, it will send a formal letter first.

Dan Saelinger

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