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KFDX - Jun 25, 2017
Thousands of Americans have lost millions of dollars to phone scammers who told them they owed the IRS money. It starts like any other typical phone call. Chanuka Perera is a victim of IRS phone calls. He said, "I've got plenty of calls, sometimes I get two or three calls per day." The difference is the unfamiliar voice on the other end
PennLive.com - Jun 23, 2017
Federal prosecutors on Friday announced the arrest of a 51-year-old Lackawanna County man in connection with a IRS scam and online loan scheme. A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Hiteshkumar Patel, of South Abington Township, on multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, extortion and aggravated identity theft charges. Patel's initial court appearance is set for June 29 in Wilkes-Barre.
KEYT - Jun 22, 2017
Scams targeting Southern California and Central Coast residents continue to be on the rise. The latest telephone scam occurred in Ventura County. Residents throughout the county reported they have received calls from the telephone number 805-258-7065. This phone number is not associated with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.
WDEL - Jun 21, 2017
A phone scam that tries to part you from your money seems to be on the rise in Delaware. People are receiving calls that threaten them with arrest because of missed jury duty, and the caller demands payment for a fine. It's a scam, according to Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn.
WAVY-TV - Jun 19, 2017
The Internal Revenue Service is warning people about a new scam where fraudsters call victims and demand immediate tax payments through a prepaid debit card. The scammer claims to be from the IRS and says that two certified letters have been sent to the taxpayer in the mail but returned as undeliverable. The scam artist then threatens to arrest the victim if a payment is not made through a prepaid debit card.
Press of Atlantic City - Jun 16, 2017
Law enforcement officials are warning residents of a new “virtual kidnapping” scam making its way around the area, using scare tactics to coerce victims into sending money to the perpetrator. Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor warned residents Friday that the scam involves a phone call to a victim claiming that a loved one has been kidnapped and the caller demanding ransom money.
KXII-TV - Jun 15, 2017
A scam alert for all Lamar County residents, this time involving a fake insurance call. Someone pretending to be from Blue Cross Blue Shield called a person in Lamar County, who then reported it to the sheriff's office. When the person refused to give the caller personal information, the caller told them their insurance would be canceled. The caller used two numbers, one with a New York area code and one with a Canadian area code.
Forbes - Jun 15, 2017
Just because it's summer doesn't mean that scammers are taking a break. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning about a new telephone scam. In the scam, callers posing as IRS representatives advise potential victims that two certified letters were sent to the taxpayer in the mail but were returned as undeliverable. The callers then threaten to arrest the potential victim if a payment is not immediately made through a prepaid debit card. The scammer also tells the victim that the purchase of the card is linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) system: it is not.
Delaware First Media - Jun 14, 2017
Delaware’s Justice of the Peace court warns of a phone scam that could con people out of hundreds of dollars. The scam is a pretty simple one, using a number that appears to be from the Justice of the Peace Court, the scammer says your loved one is jail and needs $500 in bail money to secure their release.
The News Journal - Jun 12, 2017
Delaware's Justice of the Peace Court is warning the public about a phone scam in which the callers are pretending to be from the court in order to get money.