Another scam is making the rounds that tells taxpayers they qualify for special Federal payments or credits towards their energy bill. In Kansas, Westar Energy is alerting customers to the scam that has been seen in several states around the country,
The scammers are using social media, text messages and flyers to get people to call them. Once they have the taxpayer on the phone, the scammers get personal info like social security numbers. Westar points out that they already have that info on file and would not need it again. The only time they might ask for personal info when the customer calls them and they use it to verify the caller’s identity.
Bottom line, any time you hear of a government program giving you a credit, talk to a tax pro. If it’s legitimate, we should know.