In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Mr Franklin was very perceptive to recognize these certainties. However, if he were alive today he might want to add “scammers” to his list.
According to the IRS, there has been a surge in impersonators looking to steal taxpayers’ money or even identity in recent years. Scammers make unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer.
Learn to protect yourself by identifying scammer tactics:
T-5 days before Tax Day!
Tax season, just like holidays, is also time for tax scams, with numerous online scams that attempt to steal people’s tax refunds, bank accounts, or identities. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates it paid $5.2 billion in fraudulent identity theft refunds in filing season 2013.Websense Security Labs reported in 2014 it saw approximately 100,000 IRS-related scams in circulation every two weeks.
This year, we need to be especially careful in light of the Anthem Breach, in which data from approximately 80 million customers was exposed, triggering new phishing attacks offering false claims of credit … continue reading »
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, scammers are preying on people who have just made a lot of online purchases. Below are examples of several active scam campaigns.
- “Shipping Problems”emails from FedEx, UPS, or the US Postal Service. The emails claim they had tried to deliver a package but could not, due to an incomplete address. It may ask you to click a link to correct the address to receive your package.
- “Confirm Delivery” text messages to your smartphone from FedEx, UPS, or the US Postal Service asking for your personal information. Do not enter anything!
- “Click for Refund” emails from a big retail store claiming there was a wrong transaction and requires you to click a link for a refund.
Cyber scrooges leverage all types of digital devices, social media platforms and mobile apps to take … continue reading »