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The National Law Review - Oct 13, 2016
Have you received a telephone call from someone claiming to be an IRS employee? This is a scam that has hit taxpayers in all 50 states. The callers tell the intended victims that they owe taxes and must pay immediately using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The victims are threatened with criminal charges, arrest, deportation, or loss of a driver’s license. Some of the callers can be quite aggressive and frightening.
Detroit Free Press - Oct 12, 2016
An 81-year-old Canton woman, worried that her grandson had been arrested for texting while driving, was swindled out of $2,000 by a caller who fabricated the story. The woman told police Friday that she received a phone call from a woman who asked her to buy iTunes cards totaling $2,000 and to call back and provide the code numbers She did, apparently believing it would free her grandson.
WCTV - Oct 07, 2016
TPD says citizens have reported recieveing scam phone calls from individuals posing as utility providers. Citizens are being told by the caller to pay large sums of money or their utility services will be disconnected. The caller then requests that citizens go to CVS store and purchase a GreenDot card to make the payment. TPD says these scammers have been posing as both City of Thomasville Utilities and Georgia Power.
Forbes - Oct 06, 2016
Dozens of arrests have been made in the phone scams plaguing American taxpayers. Acting on a tip, 70 call center workers were arrested for their alleged roles in tax-related scams following a police raid on call centers outside of Mumbai, India. More than 750 call center workers were detained in what a police spokesperson characterized as an ongoing investigation.
Houston Press - Oct 03, 2016
Last week, the Harris County District Clerk alerted citizens about a jury scam making its way around the area. In this scheme, callers posing as law enforcement officers tell unsuspecting people they owe fines for missing jury duty and even risk arrest. Often, the scammers demand immediate payment of hundreds or thousands of dollars — via a totally-not-sketchy prepaid debit or gift card — to avoid jail time.
KERO 23ABC News - Sep 30, 2016
Recently, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in the number and types of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) telephone scams. Callers often demand money or allege you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune - Sep 23, 2016
A longtime phone scam in which bogus IRS agents tell people they owe the agency money then demand payment surfaced this week in the city. Someone posing as an IRS agent called a resident about money he allegedly owed. But when the resident asked for the caller’s name and identification number, West Covina police Sgt. Pete Gallardo said “the agent” hung up.
WTVM - Sep 21, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A lot of you have called us in the last couple days complaining about would-be scammers calling you claiming to be from the IRS and threatening to sue if you don't pay.
KEZI TV - Sep 21, 2016
Deputies said they received a report from a local business that a white man came in claiming he was there to collect $5,000 on a contract for advertising. When they didn't pay, they said they received a phone call from a woman saying that the amount increased to $10,000. The woman then threatened to take the business to court.
Kiplinger Personal Finance - Sep 12, 2016
The popular gift cards are sold everywhere, from convenience stores and supermarkets to warehouse clubs and websites. I buy my iTunes gift cards at a discount at Costco. A four-pack of $25 gift cards sells for about $84, 16% below face value. I immediately take them home, scratch off the numeric shield that hides a card’s 16-digit code, and transfer the value to my iTunes account. Whenever I make digital purchases at iTunes, iBooks, Apple Music or Apple’s App Store, the amount is deducted from my account.