Why can’t the government catch these guys? That was the sentiment echoed in my inbox over and over as those Internal Revenue Service (IRS) impersonation phone scams exploded. It felt painfully slow, but arrests were finally made in the United States and India. This week, many of those scammers were sentenced for their crimes.
It may be summer, but the bad guys aren’t taking a vacation. The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, has issued a warning about an ongoing phone scam from thieves pretending to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
4.1 billion. That’s the number of robocalls made to American consumers last month, according to the robocall index operated by YouMail, a robocall blocking service.
Caller ID is an automatic feature offered by every telecommunications carrier to identify a calling party to the recipient. While there are options to block outgoing identification in order not to transmit your phone number if privacy is desired the system also fosters the ability to deceive.
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.
Taxpayers across the country breathed a sigh of relief after the arrest of Sagar Thakkar, a 24-year-old Indian man accused of running those Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scams. Indian police arrested Thakkar earlier this month, claiming he was the mastermind behind the scam where callers posed as IRS agents to collect bogus tax debts. According to the local police, the lack of response from American law enforcement authorities familiar with the investigation has been deafening.
The “Dirty Dozen” list of Tax Scams for 2017 has been released by the Internal Revenue Service. Inside this list resides some all too common and devastating tax horrors of which to be aware and vigilant. The top 4 most common tax scams are: phishing, phone scams, identity theft and return preparer fraud. Let’s take them one at a time to make sure you have a seamless tax season.
Imagine a hacker breaking into someone's accounts.
If fancy computer skills are part of your mental scenario, rewind the tape in your mind. That's not how it's happening nowadays.