Image description: The IRS is warning of a phone scam targeting tax payers.
Scammers are calling tax payers and telling them they owe the IRS money and need to pay it immediately through a pre-loaded credit card or wire transfer.
If you don’t pay, the scammers claim you could be arrested, deported or have your driver’s or business license suspended.
Remember, the IRS will never initiate contact with you over the phone, email or social media to request personal information.
Visit IRS.gov to learn more about the scam and how to report it.
There are a number of scams currently circulating that target members of the military and veterans, such as fake military charities, identity theft targeting active service members, and veteran pension scams.
In general, all of these scams try to take advantage of military members by offering to provide a service and then taking your money, while you get nothing in return.
You can learn more about specific scams by visiting the Scams Targeting Service Members or Veterans section of StopFraud.gov.
If you’ve been the victim of a scam, there are a few ways to file a complaint:
StopFraud.gov offers information about how to report financial fraud.
You hear about it in the news, on social media, and elsewhere - someone has been scammed through an online dating site. You think “That could never happen to me.” But online dating scams have become so sophisticated; anyone can be easily duped these days. Use these resources to prevent an online dating scam before it happens to you:
An online love interest who asks you for money is most certainly a scam artist. They start by proclaiming their love, in hopes of gaining interest and trust as quickly as they can. Often, they want to interact with you over personal accounts rather than the online dating site, to get more personal information about you. Review signs of a scam artist so you are on the look out for blatant signs of a scammer.
- In many instances, scammers will say they are American, but are working or traveling abroad. They may then say that a traumatic incident has happened in their life and they need some money to get home, or to visit you. While the State Department strongly discourages sending money to someone you don’t personally know, you can use a State Department Overseas Citizen Services (OCS) Trust, which is sent through Western Union directly to the nearest U.S. embassy to be picked up by your loved one.
- The FBI also warns of another scam in which a con artist turns a conversation intimate, and then threatens to post the conversation and intimate information online, saying you can only get out of it if you pay them, even with no assurance that they will actually do what they say. Get more tips from the FBI on recognizing online dating scam artists.
No one can remove negative information from your credit report. Repair your credit and learn to recognize scams.
We recently received a comment on Facebook from a woman who said the U.S. Federal Government Grants Department called and claimed she needed to pay more than $600 in order to receive federal benefits totaling $8,000. She paid the money, never got the $8,000 and asked us how to get a refund of her money.
The phone call was a scam. The Federal Government Grants Department doesn’t exist. More importantly, the government will never call or text you to ask for money.
Even though the woman wrote down the phone number of the caller, it can be hard to trace it back to a real person because of tricks like caller ID spoofing. This means that she probably won’t be able to get her money back.
Be suspicious of any call, text, or e-mail that claims to be from the government. Scammers often use names that sound like real government agencies but aren’t. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, has more tips on spotting fake callers who pretend to be the government.
You can find the official names and contact information for federal government agencies in our A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies. Don’t hesitate to contact the agency that claims you owe them money. Be sure to use the contact information listed in the A-Z Index and not the contact information the caller or e-mail provides.
If you do get scammed, then you should file a complaint with the FTC and your state’s consumer agency.