November 9, 2009

Scam Alert from Indiana Attorney General

Scam Artists Posing as Federal Agencies

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller warns of phishing scams circulating in the form of requests for personal information from federal agencies including the IRS, Social Security Administration, Medicare, Medicaid and the Census Bureau. Scam artists are calling, emailing and sending letters that sound and look official requesting your social security numbers, birthdates and account numbers. These are phishing scams and they are designed to steal your identity.

You should also be cautioned of requests from "federal authorities" stating that money needs to be returned due to an over-payment as this is also a scam.

Anyone with concerns or doubts should verify the legitimacy of a request by calling a trusted phone number - not one provided in the email, letter or call. For more information about scams and how to avoid them visit www.IndianaConsumer.com