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IRS Unveils ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams For 2020 – Part 4

Fake Payments with Repayment Demands: Criminals are always finding new ways to trick taxpayers into believing their scam including putting a bogus refund into the taxpayer’s actual bank account. Here’s how the scam works: A con artist steals or obtains a taxpayer’s personal data including Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and […]

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IRS Unveils ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams For 2020 – Part 3

Scams targeting non-English speakers: IRS impersonators and other scammers also target groups with limited English proficiency. These scams are often threatening in nature. Some scams also target those potentially receiving an Economic Impact Payment and request personal or financial information from the taxpayer. Phone scams pose a major threat to people with limited access to […]

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IRS Unveils ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams For 2020 – Part 2

This week we continue our IRS Dirty Dozen list of tax scams. Social Media Scams: Taxpayers need to protect themselves against social media scams, which frequently use events like COVID-19 to try tricking people. Social media enables anyone to share information with anyone else on the Internet. Scammers use that information as ammunition for a […]

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IRS Unveils ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Tax Scams For 2020 – Part 1

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service releases its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams.   This year, there is a special emphasis on aggressive and evolving schemes related to coronavirus tax relief, including Economic Impact Payments.  I will be sharing this year’s “Dirty Dozen” over the course of the next four blogs. “Tax scams tend […]

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FTC Coronavirus Scams Alert

The COVID-19 pandemic has opened yet another door to scammers.  Thus, we want to share an article with you written by Jennifer Leach, Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC, on various scams to be on alert for regarding Coronavirus stimulus checks. Checks from the Government As the Coronavirus takes a growing toll […]

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Is Wifi Your Friend? Wi Not?

There cannot be enough said these days about protecting yourself and your electronics.  We have conditioned ourselves to the need to have access every minute, it seems.  But, do we really stop and think about safety and security when we are using free public WiFi?  Should we? We should be very concerned when using free […]

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Medicare Fraud

Medicare and its more than 60 million beneficiaries are under attack from scammers who want to disrupt the program. Their primary aim is defrauding Medicare itself.  Billions of dollars were lost in 2017 due to fraud, abuse and improper billing. You ask – how can this happen?  Their schemes target beneficiaries directly, steal identities or […]

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Robocalls – How to Recognize Them

IRS scams and phishing, identity theft, this scam, that scam — What’s This World Coming To? Scammers are creative.  Must be nice not to have anything else to do but come up with new ploys to intimidate and steal from law-abiding citizens.  The elderly are particularly vulnerable in these ploys and so easily fall prey […]

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Tax Scams Aren’t Seasonal

One might think that since April 15 has passed, so has the season for tax scams. Think again. There is no season for tax scams. They occur 365 days a year.  The IRS has reported a couple of new variations of tax-related scams.  They call one of them the SSN HUSTLE.  In this scam, the […]

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Being Safe and Secure Online

I know you keep hearing about online security and soon you will say, if you haven’t already, that I am like a broken record.  But in today’s world, one cannot be too safe or secure.  Cookies on the internet are tiny files that are transferred to your computer from websites you visit.  This is a […]

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