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Scammers are using fake fed IDs to extort funds

Scammers of many kinds are increasingly often using fake federal employee IDs to help them carry out their ripoff schemes.

The cons involve phone or electronic contacts enticing people to part with their hard-earned savings by sending them texts or emails that feature convincing photos of the ersatz tags—along with phony “official” back tax bills, fines or other demands for cash—according to a new FEDWEEK story that draws from a Social Security Administration Inspector General report.

Crooks employ photo snapshots of homemade government IDs to provide a kind of visual “proof” of their, in fact, nonexistent bona fides. The IG warns against falling for such scams—pointing out that no legitimate federal entity conducts business in the manner favored by the criminals: that is, quick hit outreach that includes an insistence on immediate payment online—with the only alternative being that the recipient could be summarily arrested.

A host of federal agency IDs are illegally—and sometimes convincingly—falsified for the grift, according to the report, including DHS, IRS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and many others.


Reader comments

Mon, Mar 22, 2021

FCC is way to lenient on these crooks. They just look the other way and say the Private Public partnership will take care of this situation.

Fri, Mar 19, 2021

Deport them to Russia. Plenty of people gaming the system with computers from there. Enjoy the cold.

Thu, Mar 18, 2021

Time to lock up the phone and internet scammers/fraudsters for a long period of time and make them do hard labor that no one else would do.

Wed, Mar 17, 2021 J. Glenn Tucker North Carolina

Since so much is known about this hasn't a lot of these no-goods been prosecuted and sent to prison.

Wed, Mar 17, 2021 Jim

We need a TV and internet publicity campaign, a pretty big one, to tell the public Hey whether the cold caller says they are a fed or not, or sends pictures of IDs or letterhead, never ever send money to such people by internet or phone. Ever. This reports a good thing. But you gotta do more if you’re the IRS and other agencies being hijacked to make con artists rich.

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