Get Started: IRS warns against phone and phishing scams

Income tax filing season brings an increase in activity by would-be thieves using phone calls and email to try to get money out of taxpayers. That warning comes from the IRS.  Phone scams often involve someone calling a taxpayer, telling them they owe taxes and could be arrested if they don't pay. 

From 'Spoofing' To 'Swatting,' Experts Say Results Of Thwarting Scam Calls Mixed

Last Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service said people were being being bilked out of money by criminals pretending to be from the tax collection agency. Two days later, I received a phone call that my provider said was probably spam. They left a message saying they were from the IRS and I was in big trouble.

FCC and FTC Partner in Upcoming Efforts to Stop Illegal Robocalls

Last week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that they will host a joint policy Forum on March 23, 2018 to highlight the actions the agencies and others have taken to fight illegal robocalls. They also announced that one month later, on April 23, they will co-host a Stop Illegal Robocalls Expo in Washington, D.C.

Phone Scams Remain on IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List of Tax Scams

Be careful out there. That's the word from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as the tax agency reminds taxpayers about continuing aggressive phone scams. Those phone scams are "a major threat to taxpayers" and as such, continued to hold down a top spot on the IRS "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2018 filing season.

Indian Embassy Telephone Lines in US Spoofed by Fraudsters


March 5, 2018

WASHINGTON: Indian embassy telephone lines have been spoofed by fraudsters in the US to cheat people for money, according to an advisory issued by mission which warned against entertaining any suspicious calls.
The Indian Embassy here has informed the US Government about it and launched its own internal investigation.

It also issued a rare public advisory on such fraud calls that has cheated people with money, thus bringing bad name to the diplomatic mission...

 
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iHeartMedia Faces TCPA Suit Over Radio Station Robocalls

A Los Angeles man filed a terse proposed class action against iHeartMedia Inc., via one of its radio stations, on Monday in California federal court alleging robocall violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that may have roped in “thousands” of recipients of unwanted calls.
 

FCC To Take Up Robocalls, 911 Call Routing In March

The Federal Communications Commission will tackle barriers to wireless infrastructure deployment at its upcoming open meeting, as well as items to cut down on unwanted robocalls and to ensure that 911 calls are routed in ways that make sense geographically, according to an agenda released Thursday.
The Federal Communications Commission will tackle barriers to wireless infrastructure deployment at its upcoming open meeting, as well as items to cut down on unwanted robocalls and to ensure that 911 calls are routed in ways that make sense geographically, according to an agenda released Thursday.
 

Apple Repair Center Accidentally Called 911 About 1,600 Times

ELK GROVE, Calif. -- Emergency dispatchers in Elk Grove and Sacramento County are seeing an influx of false alarm 911 calls from an Apple repair and refurbishing center off Laguna Boulevard, CBS Sacramento reports. Dispatchers said the calls started in October 2017, and there's usually no one on the other line.

JPMorgan Inks $2.25M TCPA Deal Over Robocalls

Law360 (February 23, 2018, 8:24 PM EST) -- A Georgia federal court Friday was asked to preliminarily approve JPMorgan Chase Bank NA’s $2.25 million settlement of Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims that the bank autodialed the cellphones of hundreds of thousands of customers after they verbally asked that the calls to stop.

Robocall Epidemic Breaks Annual Record with 30.5 Billion Calls in 2017

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- American consumers and businesses were blitzed by some 30.5 billion robocalls in 2017, breaking the prior national annual record of 29.3 billion robocalls set in 2016. U.S. phones received an estimated 2.78 billion robocalls in December alone, equaling a 1.3% increase month-on-month over November and a stunning 19.2% year-on-year increase over December 2016.