Don’t Fall Prey: Scammers are using the Corona Virus/Covid-19 pandemic to victimize older adults and persons with disabilities.
(New) IRS issues warning about Coronavirus-related scams.
- IRS urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. These contacts can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.”The IRS isn’t going to call you asking to verify or provide your financial information so you can get an economic impact payment or your refund faster,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. To protect yourself, please click on Coronavirus Tax Relief page on IRS.gov about the $1,200 economic impact payment.
Reporting Coronavirus-related scams to IRS:
- Taxpayers are encouraged not to engage potential scammers online or on the phone. To report scam, go the Report Phishing and Online Scams page on IRS.gov.
- Approaching residents of senior housing and assisted living facilities about “opportunities” for COVID-19 testing.
- Beneficiaries are receiving robocalls about “special virus kits” and being asked for their Medicare number to send a “free” test
- Receiving scam emails offering COVID-19 testing services that can be ordered through a tele-health provider
- Online services offer a free vaccine in exchange for Medicare numbers.
- Fraudulent emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control or other experts offering information on the virus Cybersecurity scammers send a link which implants PC ransomware.
Scam Compliants to California State Attorney :
If you are concerned that you might be a subject of a scam, the following resource websites can help you.
- If you want to stop telemarketers from calling you, go to https://www.donotcall.gov/ to access the National Do Not Call Registry.
SSA Employee Impersonation Scheme. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a new warning. Criminals are impersonating SSA employees in a scheme to acquire personal information from victims and using the victim’s information to re-direct bank deposit, address, and phone numbers with the SSA. Beware of telephone calls with a “323” area code.
- For more info, please check the SSA website at: https://blog.socialsecurity.gov/inspector-general-warns-public-about-ssa-employee-impersonation-scheme/#more-2718
Alliance on Aging’s OUTREACH PROGRAM
Need help? Call (831) 655-1334 or(831) 758.4011 or FAX (831) 655-8781
Alliance on Aging reaches out to people throughout Monterey County in a variety of ways by:
- Participating in community events such as health fairs and local festivals
- Distributing information about the Alliance on Aging and other local services for older adults and their families
- Providing speakers for community groups and service organizations
- Giving voice to the concerns of community elders at the local and state level
- Reaching out to low-income, monolingual, and other hard to reach seniors who may qualify for benefits
For more information, contact Reyna Gross or Jody Rogers at 831.655.1334.
Are You Eligible for Farmers’ Market Coupons?
Questions? Please call Reyna Gross at 831-655-7562.
CALFRESH – WHY APPLY?
- CalFresh is easy to use.
- You will get healthy food. Use CalFresh to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and more.
- Each month, Cal Fresh benefits are issued on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card – like an ATM card.
- The EBT card can be used at most grocery stores, discount chains, farmers’ markets and neighborhood stores.
CALFRESH – ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
- To be eligible, you must be low income and a legal resident.
Apply in four easy steps.
- Call Reyna Grossat 831-655-7562 about CalFresh.
- Reyna will help you fill out the application and submit it.
- After your application is filed, your county CalFresh office will call you to schedule an interview. You may request a phone interview or other accommodation.
- If your application is approved, you will receive an EBT card by mail within 30 days.