OPM warns of scam targeting federal annuitants

March 16, 2017

The Office of Personnel Management is warning federal employees and retirees about a scam targeting annuitants.

“The scammer threatens to end the annuitant’s retirement, threatens that a ‘magistrate’ will criminally prosecute, and demands an immediate payment. This is a government imposter scam — Do not send money,” wrote OPM’s Ken Zawodny, the associate director of Retirement Services, in a blog post. “Any communication of this type is NOT from an OPM official. OPM will not make such calls.”

Zawodny said the scammers may use real names and titles, and likely will know a lot about their targets, including personal information.

“The scammers may alter the caller ID to make it look like OPM is calling. Scammers may also attempt to use email to ‘phish’ for more information,” he wrote. “Finally, these imposters may leave an ‘urgent’ callback request. Don’t fall for it.”


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