Update: While the below points are geared towards Americans, I have Facebook friends from around the world who deal with various phone scams common to their countries. It’s not just phone calls, but texts. I noticed Canada is warning it’s citizens about COVID-19 text scams today. Here’s the Top 20 list for countries affected spam calls/texts – https://truecaller.blog/2019/12/03/truecaller-insights-top-20-countries-affected-by-spam-calls-sms-in-2019/amp/. I was surprised at the Top 5 and how far down the list U. S. showed up.
Seeing reports of increasing scam calls claiming to be IRS or Social Security employees. If you get a call from either agency, tell them you are busy and get a phone number. Don’t call them back. Call the toll-free number both agencies have on their official websites.
I used to work for the IRS and a few years back, I had several calls from some IRS scammer threatening to have me arrested if I didn’t pay them now. There are plenty of YouTube videos on IRS scam calls. Social Security calls often follow a similar path.
There are some COVID-19 scams out there, usually a phony nonprofit. I expect all of these scams to get worse in the next several weeks.