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IRS releases Dirty Dozen Tax Scams List for 2014

 

IRS - Internal Revenue ServiceWashington, D.C. – Every year, people fall prey to tax scams. The IRS wants you to be safe and informed – and not become a victim.

“Some people are victimized by tax scams, while some get involved after being lured in by false promises of big money,” said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.

Taxpayers who get involved in illegal tax scams can lose their money, or face stiff penalties, interest and even criminal prosecution. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. «Read the rest of this article»

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Internal Revenue Service says Beware of Bogus IRS Emails

 

IRS - Internal Revenue ServiceWashington, D.C. – The IRS gets thousands of reports every year from people who get emails that appear to be from the IRS. Scammers often use the IRS name or logo to make the message appear authentic hoping you’ll respond to it.

In reality, it’s a scam known as “phishing,” attempting to trick you into giving out your personal and financial information. The criminals then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money. «Read the rest of this article»

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IRS reports Three Tax Scams to Beware of this Summer

 

Internal Revenue Service - IRSWashington, D.C. – Are you thinking about taxes while you’re enjoying the warm summer months? Not likely! But the IRS wants you to know that scammers ARE thinking about taxes and ways to dupe you out of your money.

Tax scams can happen anytime of the year, not just during tax season. Three common year-round scams are identity theft, phishing and return preparer fraud. These schemes are on the top of the IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” list of scams this year. They’re illegal and can lead to significant penalties and interest, even criminal prosecution.

Here’s more information about these scams that every taxpayer should know. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports says 58.2 Million Americans had a Malware Infection on their Home PC Last Year

 

9.2 Million Fell Victim to ‘Phishing’ Schemes; Avast Free Antivirus, G Data Score High in CR’s Ratings of Security Software

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – The latest Consumer Reports’ Annual State of the Net Report found that a projected 58.2 million American adults had at least one malware infection that affected their home PC’s features or performance in the past year.

The cost of repairing the damage from those infections was nearly $4 billion. «Read the rest of this article»

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IRS says Protect Yourself from the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

 

Internal Revenue Service - IRSWashington, D.C. – The IRS’s annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ list includes common tax scams that often peak during the tax filing season. The IRS recommends that taxpayers be aware so they can protect themselves against claims that sound too good to be true.

Taxpayers who buy into illegal tax scams can end up facing significant penalties and interest and even criminal prosecution. «Read the rest of this article»

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IRS shows you How to Check on Your Refund

 

Internal Revenue Service - IRSWashington, D.C. – With the April 15th tax filing deadline approaching, the Internal Revenue Service created a new YouTube video to provide taxpayers more details and tips to check on their tax refund.

The new video How to Use the Where’s My Refund? Tool  offers in-depth information about how the redesigned “Where’s My Refund” tool on IRS.gov works.

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State Representative Joe Pitts reminds Tennesseans to Beware of Scams during the Holiday Season

 

The Seal of the State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) wants to remind everyone that scam artists, especially during the holiday season, are playing the role of Scrooge and as the old saying goes, “if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is”.

“Holidays bring concerns about scams. Exercise caution when approached because something that sounds too good to be true, probably is,” Pitts said. «Read the rest of this article»

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Better Business Bureau lists Top 2012 Holiday Scams Looking For You

 

Greater Nashville Better Business BureauNashville, TN – Scammers are busy this time of the year! Whether it’s on the Internet, at the stores, or even at your front door…they are ready to take your hard-earned cash! Here are some tips from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) on scams to look out for.

Internet Scams: Be on the lookout for fake websites offering bargain prices, especially on those hard to find gifts, or the hot gifts for 2012. These sites tout “too-good-to-be-true” prices on these items, with a professional looking website and testimonials from “happy customers.” The scam artists will take your money and won’t send you the merchandise! Don’t just trust a site – check it out at www.Nashville.BBB.org. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Consumer Affairs issues warning on phishing emails

 

Inbox messages can look legitimate, snare your personal information

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – “You have notifications pending.” So states the email purportedly from Facebook, alerting you to missed updates related to your Facebook account.

It features, under the familiar logo with “Facebook” spelled out in white letters in a blue bar, two boxes for you to click if you wish to go to either your Facebook homepage or to all of your account’s notifications. «Read the rest of this article»

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Fake Cell Phone Bills Flood In-Boxes

 

Greater Nashville Better Business BureauNashville, TN – Email is the new wave for keeping up with invoices and other means of business communication, but lately scam operators are using this method to flood in-boxes with fake cell phone bills in an attempt to commit identity theft.

The emails appear to be coming from Verizon Wireless or AT&T Wireless and indicate the recipient’s wireless bill is ready for viewing or thanks the recipient for scheduling a payment.  The email then provides links to view the alleged bill, pay online, or access the account; however, the links lead to a third party website that requests personal information which then provides the scam operator with the data needed to steal your identity.  View samples of the fake cell phone emails below. «Read the rest of this article»

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