Be on the alert for an aggressive phone scam that targets federal annuitants. The scammer claims to be an OPM employee and threatens to end the annuitant’s retirement, threatens the annuitant with criminal prosecution by a “magistrate” and demands an immediate payment. This is a government imposter scam – Do not send money!
Any communication of this type is NOT from an OPM official. OPM will not make such calls. These types of scams are carried out by skilled imposters who may sound convincing. They may use real names and titles – and they may know a lot about their targets, including personally identifiable information. The scammers may alter the caller ID to make it look as though OPM is calling. Scammers also may attempt to use email to “phish” for more information. Finally, these imposters may leave an “urgent” call-back request. Don’t fall for it.
SIGNS OF A SCAM
During a SCAM phone call, the caller will:
Remember, OPM will NEVER make such phone calls.
WHAT CAN I DO?
If you suspect the caller is an imposter:
For help and to report suspected fraud:
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a report on government imposter scams, https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0048-government-imposter-scams. You also may report suspected fraud to the FTC at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
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