Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin – IRS Scam 4pm news 04/13/2015

Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin – IRS Scam 4pm news 04/13/2015


WITH TAX TIME UPON US… WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE EVER-GROWING IRS SCAM. JOINING US NOW IS KIMBERLY HAZEN WITH THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU… ACCORDING TO THE TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION… THERE ARE 290-THOUSAND REPORTS OF THESE PHONE CALLS… AND THAT ADDS UP TO A LOT OF MONEY! WE HAVE A CLIP OF WHAT THIS PHONE SCAM SOUNDS LIKE… LISTEN TO THIS… HOW DOES THIS SCAM WORK? YOU HEAR ABOUT MORE OF THESE DURING TAX TIME? HOW CAN WE PROTECT OURSELVES? WITH TAX TIME UPON US, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GREAT TIME TO TALK ABOUT THE EVER- GROWING IRS SCAM. ACCORDING TO THE TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION, 290,000 REPORTS OF PHONE CALLS AND SOME 3,000 PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE PAID A COLLECTIVE $14 MILLION TO IRS IMPOSTORS. ADDITIONALLY, THE FTC REPORTS THAT IRS IMPOSTOR SCAMS HAVE SHOT UP BY MORE THAN 50,000 COMPLAINTS LAST YEAR. WHAT IS THE IRS SCAM? THE SCAM HAS BEEN MAKING THE ROUNDS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING WISCONSIN. TYPICALLY, CALLERS USE FAKE NAMES, MAY LEAVE “URGENT” VOICEMAIL MESSAGES AND USE “CALLER ID SPOOFING”, WHICH DELIBERATELY ALTERS OR DISGUISES THE IDENTITY OF A CALLER. RECIPIENTS OF THESE CALLS AND VICTIMS ALIKE REPORT THAT THE SCAMMERS STATE YOU HAVE UNPAID TAXES AND DEMAND IMMEDIATE PAYMENT IN THE FORM OF A PRE-PAID DEBIT CARD OR WIRE TRANSFER. THEY THREATEN ARREST, DEPORTATION, OR LOSS OF A BUSINESS OR DRIVER’S LICENSE, IF PAYMENT IS NOT MADE. SCAMS ESCALATE DURING TAX FILING SEASON HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF? REMEMBER, THE IRS WILL NEVER CALL TO DEMAND IMMEDIATE PAYMENT, OR REQUEST PAYMENT WITHOUT GIVING YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO QUESTION OR APPEAL THE AMOUNT THEY SAY YOU OWE, IT ALSO DOES NOT ASK FOR PAYMENT USING A PRE-PAID DEBIT CARD OR WIRE TRANSFER, AND DOESN’T MAKE THREATS SUCH AS DEPORTATION OR ARREST. REPORT IRS IMPERSONATION CALLS IMMEDIATELY TO THE TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION (TIGTA) AT 1-800-366-4484. YOU SHOULD ALSO CONTACT THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC) AT WWW.FTC.GOV. IF YOU RECEIVE A CALL, HANG UP THE PHONE. IF YOU ARE BEING ASKED FOR PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION BY SOMEONE CLAIMING TO BE AN IRS EMPLOYEE, SIMPLY HANG UP. IF YOU RECEIVE AN EMAIL, DELETE IT. THE IRS WILL NOT ATTEMPT TO CONTACT YOU THROUGH EMAIL. IF YOU RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM SOMEONE CLAIMING TO BE THE IRS, THEN IT IS PROBABLY A SCAM. EMAILS THAT SCAMMERS SEND MAY INCLUDE COMPUTER VIRUSES THAT COULD HARM YOUR COMPUTER OR ACCESS PERSONAL INFORMATION. ” …………. ” STAY WITH US, WE HAVE A FINAL

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