This is the American Consulate Calling

May 25, 2011

A friend recently heard these words as she answered her US telephone line at Lake Chapala, Mexico.
Why in the world would the American Consulate be calling her?
 
What kind of thoughts would go through your head if you received such a call? Was it a scam of some sort or was it really the American Consulate calling?
 
The conversation continued with the caller asking my friend if her address had changed.
 
A question or two later my friend asked politely what the call was all about.
 
Finally the caller explained with a Spanish accent, “You move to Mexico from US and you change your address at the IRS just a few months ago.  The IRS let us know.”.
 
So…… “Well, the US Consulate has a Social Security office and I am, how you say, following orders.”, she said. "You need to sign a form.  You need to come to Guadalajara to sign the form.  I also need your passport number.” (Note the quotes may not be exact, but added for emphasis).
 
After my friend explained that this would be a great inconvenience, the caller agreed to send my friend the form to fill out and return to the consulate in Guadalajara.
 
The “Take Away” from my friends experience is twofold. If you’re a US Citizen and want your government to look after you (let’s assume the best of intentions here) then by all means be sure to keep them informed. On the other hand, just follow the letter of the law and no more.

For American Citizens currently living in the Lake Chapala/Guadalajara area of  Mexico the web address for the US Consulate in Mexico’s Social Security division is: http://guadalajara.usconsulate.gov/service/other-citizen-services/social-security-and-other-federal-benefits.html

  • Ed Paterson

    Yeah, Right….would you like that with fries?? KMA!

  • uncle jo

    I second that

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