Tag Archives: Phishing

DON’T BE A VICTIM TO A TAX SCAM

DON’T BE A VICTIM TO A TAX SCAM by Howard LipsetEach year, people fall prey to tax scams. Stay safe and be informed – don’t become a victim.

If you get involved in illegal tax scams, you can lose money or face stiff penalties, interest, and even criminal prosecution. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be on the lookout for these scams:

Telephone Scams

Threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain an ongoing threat. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent years as scam artists threaten taxpayers with police arrest, deportation, license revocation, and more. These con artists often demand payment of back taxes on a prepaid debit card or by immediate wire transfer. Be alert to con artists impersonating IRS agents and demanding payment. Continue reading

FedEx Phishing

FedEx Phishing by Howard Lipset, CPAThe email below is not from Federal Express. Note their mailing address is not FedEx.com

I verified this with Federal Express directly, who told me that they are getting large volumes of customers calling and asking. If you were to click on the “Get Shipment Label” bar, you will have let the hackers into your computer. Continue reading

E-ZPass Phishing Scam

E-ZPass Phishing Scam by Howard Lipset, CPAThe MTA has issued a warning that an email going around to E-ZPass holders is actually a phishing scam. The email, which looks as though it was sent by the E-ZPass service center, asks customers to download an invoice with a list of unpaid tolls. (Hint: Don’t do that.)

Statement from the New York State Thruway Authority:

The New York State Thruway Authority is warning E-ZPass customers about a phishing scam.

People have received bogus emails made to appear official stating that people have unpaid tolls.

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IRS Warns of Tax-Time Scams

IRS Warns of Tax-Time Scams By Howard LipsetIt’s true: tax scams proliferate during the income tax filing season. This year’s season opened on January 31. The IRS provides the following scam warnings so you can protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim of these crimes:

  • Be vigilant of any unexpected communication purportedly from the IRS at the start of tax season.   Continue reading

IRS Warns of Phone Scam

IRS Warns of Phone Scam By Howard LipsetThe IRS is warning the public about a phone scam that targets people across the nation, including recent immigrants. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

The callers who commit this fraud often:

  • Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number
  • Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers
  • Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling
  • Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam
  • Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, and caller ID again supports their claim

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A New Kind of Internet Scam

A New Kind of Internet Scam by Howard LipsetIf you are reading this blog, then you may have seen the problem.

In response to a prior blog, someone posted a like. Raved about what I had written. Called me by first name as if we were partners. Gave a telephone number and offered assistance in areas that I could not. But, then specifically told everyone to use me for advice.

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Don’t Fall for Phony IRS Websites

This is reprinted from the IRS’ own website

Don’t Fall for Phony IRS Websites

Howard Lipset of www.thecfo.wordpress.com shares an article from the IRS website warning about scams and how to avoid them.The Internal Revenue Service is issuing a warning about a new tax scam that uses a website that mimics the IRS e-Services online registration page.

The actual IRS e-Services page offers web-based products for tax preparers and payers, not the general public. The phony web page looks almost identical to the real one.

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THEIR Hands Are In YOUR Pockets

Whose hands? The scammers.

How do they try to get there? The Internet is the first obvious way.

They are always phishing for your personal information. Through direct emails, telling you that you are a winner, or that there is a package waiting for you, or through cleverly disguised emails using a bank’s stationery or even the stationery of the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS will never contact you via email. And neither will the security department of your bank. Do not respond to these emails. Print them and forward them to the real IRS and bank involved.

What if you get a phone call at home from your bank, claiming that there is a problem with your credit card? Don’t answer any questions from that person. Hang up, get your credit card and call back the phone number on the card. Ask if there was a problem that they would have been contacting you about. If no, report the phone call. If yes, resolve the problem.

Have you encountered scammers?  Share your experience with me in the comments.