FTC warns of possible Medicare card scams

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If you currently have Medicare, new changes will be coming your way in April of 2019. Continue reading

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Protecting your company from small business scams

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From finances to marketing, being a small business owner means you’ll have to know the ins and outs of your company. Whether it’s keeping track of your monthly expenses or your business website, a good owner will keep tabs on what is affecting his or her business.

But what happens if you receive a invoice that has the title Yellow Pages and says you owe hundreds of dollars for a business listing? What you may not know is that the invoice is fake and the entire thing is a scam. Continue reading

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Managing your small business: Accepting credit cards

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Credit and debit cards have become one of the most common methods of payment for customers. The luxury of easily paying with a card could even lead to a consumer buying impulsively.

However, did you know with each transaction your business will have to pay a processing fee? Continue reading

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How to start a business 101

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April 30th kicked off the beginning of National Small Business Week. Have you ever wanted to start your own business, but never knew how to get it going?

The U.S. Small Business Administration offers 10 easy steps to help plan, prepare and manage your new business successfully.  Continue reading

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What you should know about the IRS using private collectors

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If you have debt with the IRS that’s more than two years old, you may soon get a letter from the agency that your account is being transferred to a private debt collector. Continue reading

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Alleged ringleader of IRS scam arrested

Police in India have arrested who they believe to be the ringleader of a network of IRS call centers that allegedly tricked Americans out of millions of dollars.

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According to CNN, Sagar Thakkar, 24, was detained in Mumbai after arriving on a flight from Dubai on Saturday.

Mukund Hatote, assistant commissioner of police in Thane, a city north of Mumbai, said Thakkar stands accused of extortion, cheating, impersonation, criminal conspiracy as well as violating India’s communications and tech laws.

“He was the mastermind of IRS scam call centers in the state of Maharashtra and one center in Ahmedabad,” said Hatote.

Last October, CNN reported Indian police raided nine calls centers and arrested more than 70 people on suspicion of posing as IRS agents to steal cash from U.S. citizens. The fake IRS agents used American accents to impersonate IRS agents and told Americans they owed back taxes and would risk arrest if they hung up or failed to pay up.

Indian police say they have charged more than 390 people in connection with the scheme, and more than 12 remain in jail.

“We are still investigating the total amount of money collected by Sagar Thakkar,” said Hatote. “During the initial stage of investigation, it was looking around $300 million.”

 

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April brings warmer weather and deep discounts

iStock-lawn mower.jpgIf you’ve been planning on upgrading a home appliance or tackling a new remodeling project, now might be a great time. Continue reading

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New federal law prohibits contracts that ban consumers from writing a negative review

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A new federal law signed this past December will protect a consumer’s right to complain online and a write a negative review on a company. Continue reading

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Jump into spring with a healthy clean

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Spring has sprung, so show your home some love and give it a thorough cleaning! A good deep cleaning can improve your home’s air quality and your health by eliminating dust and other allergens that gathered over winter.
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FTC offers advice when a caller asks “Can you hear me?”

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Have you recently gotten a robocall from an unknown caller who asked “can you hear me now”? If you have, the Federal Trade Commission is advising people on what you should do. Continue reading

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