Phone scams are on the rise, especially during this time of year as many are renewing benefits and preparing for the next tax season. Many members of the UChicago community have received phone calls where the caller claims to be from the IRS, Social Security Administration, or Chinese Consulate.

These calls sometimes appear to be a local phone number or even an extension associated with the University of Chicago. Scammers know that in order to trick you into answering the phone, the call must appear familiar. These calls can actually be coming from anywhere in the country or in the world.

If you weren’t expecting a call and it sounds suspicious, hang up. Then check out this IT Security blog post with resources on current phone scams and how to report them.