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Patch.com - Nov 15, 2016
LARCHMONT, NY — Con Edison is joining with energy companies across the country to get word to customers that they need to be cautious about people who call their home or business demanding an instant payment. Scam callers posing as Con Edison representatives are an ongoing, frequent and dangerous problem for customers, company officials said. They receive dozens of complaints each week about calls to customers’ homes and businesses from scammers threatening a service shutoff.
WSET - Nov 14, 2016
The Roanoke County Sheriff's Office is warning of a new scam in the area. Officials say there are individuals calling citizens pretending to be employees of the office. The sheriff's office say those individuals are asking for Green Dot numbers, credit card information, and cash. According to their Facebook page, the individuals are trying to "collect on citations or for missed jury duty."
CBS Local - Nov 12, 2016
MERCER COUNTY (KDKA) — An elderly woman in Mercer lost more than $27,000 in a phone scam last week. According to state police, an actor called a 94-year-old woman in Mercer, claiming he was a police officer who had arrested her grandson for drug possession. He then asked her to send money to bail her grandson out of jail.
WSYM-TV - Nov 11, 2016
After receiving complaints about a phone scam where the caller was trying to get credit card information for the Fraternal Order of Police, the deputies called the number. The scammer tried to use the same scam on the deputies.
Slate Magazine - Oct 30, 2016
Is this finally the end of that pesky IRS phone scam? On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it had charged 61 people in both the United States and India in connection with making or profiting from fake Internal Revenue Service calls, which are believed to have cost Americans about $300 million over the past several years.
Wall Street Journal - Oct 28, 2016
Federal authorities said Thursday they had dismantled a massive call-center scheme perpetrated by individuals in the U.S. and India who bilked thousands of Americans out of hundreds of millions of dollars by posing as Internal Revenue Service and Department of Homeland Security officials.
Forbs - Oct 27, 2016
It is not the U.S. government calling you. That was the message today from a host of federal government agency representatives, including Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Criminal Division; Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas; U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George; and Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth.
CNBC - Oct 18, 2016
Despite all the warnings and news coverage, telephone scammers continue to run very successful "businesses" posing as Internal Revenue Service agents.
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.