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IRS Warns Taxpayers of Latest Phone Fraud Scam

Lifestyles - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:17pm
Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Each tax season, identity thieves find new ways to con honest taxpayers. This year is no different as the IRS warns about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver's license. Callers are frequently insulting or hostile -- apparently to instill fear. Potential victims may be told they are entitled to big refunds, or that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS. When unsuccessful the first time, phone scammers sometimes call back trying a new strategy. The following are common characteristics of this scam: * Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves. * Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim's social security number. * Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it's the IRS calling. * Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls. * Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site. * After threatening victims with jail time or driver's license revocation, scammers hang up, and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim. If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes -- for example, you've never received a bill, or the caller made some bogus threats as described above -- call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484. If you've been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint. Find help. A taxpayer who believes they may have received a fraudulent or questionable communication related to taxes should contact a licensed tax professional. Enrolled agents (EAs) are America's tax experts. They are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. That means that if you get a letter from the IRS, or worse, are audited or are the target of a collection action, your EA can speak directly to the IRS on your behalf. Learn more at www.naea.org.

IRS Warns Taxpayers of Latest Phone Fraud Scam

NEWSUSA - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:17pm
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - Each tax season, identity thieves find new ways to con honest taxpayers. This year is no different as the IRS warns about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver's license. Callers are frequently insulting or hostile -- apparently to instill fear.

Potential victims may be told they are entitled to big refunds, or that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS. When unsuccessful the first time, phone scammers sometimes call back trying a new strategy.

The following are common characteristics of this scam:

* Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.

* Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim's social security number.

* Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it's the IRS calling.

* Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.

* Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.

* After threatening victims with jail time or driver's license revocation, scammers hang up, and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes -- for example, you've never received a bill, or the caller made some bogus threats as described above -- call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.

If you've been targeted by this scam, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their "FTC Complaint Assistant" at FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.

Find help. A taxpayer who believes they may have received a fraudulent or questionable communication related to taxes should contact a licensed tax professional. Enrolled agents (EAs) are America's tax experts. They are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS. That means that if you get a letter from the IRS, or worse, are audited or are the target of a collection action, your EA can speak directly to the IRS on your behalf. Learn more at www.naea.org.

Extravagant presidential palaces

CNN World - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:14pm
A look through some of the most exquisite residences of leaders from across the world.
Categories: International News

Worst public transit for women?

CNN World - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:11pm
Alarming findings related to women's safety have come to light with the release of a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey that looks at harassment on public transportation systems in the world's largest cities.
Categories: International News

Prescott and Robinson Preview No. 1 MSU's Matchup Versus Arkansas

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:08pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Top-ranked Mississippi State went through its second practice of the week on Tuesday and offensive players spoke to members of the media later that evening.

Connecticut girl barred from school amid Ebola fears; family sues

Health - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:02pm
The family of a third-grader in Connecticut has filed a lawsuit against Milford Public Schools, saying their daughter was banned from school for 21 days amid Ebola fears when she returned from a trip to Lagos, Nigeria, for a family wedding.
Categories: Health

Girl barred from school amid Ebola fears

CNN - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:02pm
The family of a third-grader in Connecticut has filed a lawsuit against Milford Public Schools, saying their daughter was banned from school for 21 days amid Ebola fears when she returned from a trip to Lagos, Nigeria, for a family wedding.
Categories: National News

Why U.S. Ebola patients seem to be recovering faster

Health - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:02pm
For a disease that kills more than 50% of its victims abroad, Ebola in the United States is getting snuffed out at a remarkably fast rate. Why is that?
Categories: Health

Female fighters are ISIS' deadly enemies

CNN World - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:56pm
Syria's Kurds battle ISIS with a force that includes women.
Categories: International News

Marvel announces new movies

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:55pm
Marvel announced a huge slate of forthcoming films at an Tuesday press conference -- but left out a bit of "Strange" information fans were waiting for.
Categories: Entertainment News

Murdoch: MySpace failure was my fault

Business News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:42pm
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The richest women around the world

Business News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:25pm
Want to know which women are leaning in to huge piles of cash?

Billionaires double since financial crisis

Business News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:24pm
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Eight dead, hundreds missing in Sri Lankan landslide

CNN World - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:14pm
At least eight people are dead and hundreds may be trapped after a landslide ripped through a village in Sri Lanka Wednesday, the state-run Lankapuvath news agency reported.
Categories: International News

Denver Broncos fan missing for 5 days went for a walk

CNN - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:01pm
A Denver Broncos fan who disappeared during a game five days ago simply had "had his fill of football" and decided to take a walk to "somewhere warmer," police said Wednesday.
Categories: National News

BlackBerry unveils new 'Classic' phone for CrackBerry addicts

Business News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:54pm
BlackBerry has unveiled a new smartphone that has a distinctly old-school feel.

Lysol customers want to know: Can it prevent the spread of Ebola?

Business News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:49pm
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Ferrari to split with parent company, Fiat Chrysler

Business News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:45pm
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Robbers dig 100-foot tunnel, loot bank

CNN World - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:37pm
Robbers cleaned out a bank in India and their plan may have been inspired by Bollywood fiction. Mallika Kapur explains.
Categories: International News
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