Recently, The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) shared with us information on an aggressive phone scam that is targeting federal retirees. Generally, it is reported that the scammer calls federal retirees, claiming to be an OPM employee, and states that the retiree’s annuity is about to end unless the retiree makes an immediate payment to end a criminal prosecution. Often, the scammer suggests using prepaid debit or credit cards, MoneyGrams, or wire transfers. Sometimes they ask for a credit card or debit card number. It is possible that they may have personal information on the individual, and they could alter Caller ID to make it look like OPM has placed the call. They may also send e-mails to seek more information from the retiree. Please be aware that OPM does NOT make such calls. No OPM official will call retirees and ask for this kind of information or threaten prosecution.
If you or others receive such a phone call, do not engage with the caller. Simply hang up. Note the time and date of the call and the phone number. OPM asks that it be reported to OPM’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) at https://www.opm.gov/our-inspector-general/ or 877-499-7295.
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