The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) reports that Mark Green from the IRS in Atlanta says that scam artists have been calling senior citizens, promising a “big” tax refund on their social security. All the senior citizen has to do, according to the caller, is provide his/her social security number (because the caller promises to file the return) and their checking account number (because the caller promises to get the big refund automatically deposited into the person’s checking account)
In reality, all that happens is that the senior is robbed. Green says that, in many cases, senior citizens on Social Security don’t even have to file a tax return, but the scam artists promise a big refund and try to make it sound easy. “This is just a way for these scam artists to victimize senior citizens out of their personal savings,” according to Green.