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. 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…

FTC warns against social security email scam

The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers around the U.S. of a phishing email scam that looks to infect your computer with viruses and malware. According to the FTC, the email contains the subject line “Get Protected” and tries to deceive consumers by talking about new features from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that can help…

IRS Warning Public of New Scams

It seems like every year scammers are coming up with new tricks to try and steal the public’s hard earned cash. With technology constantly changing, the ability to deceive the masses has become an easier task to pull off.  According to the IRS, since 2013, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration became aware of…

BBB offers tips on choosing the right tax preparer

Need help filing your taxes? Your BBB encourages you to use caution when selecting tax preparation help. Using the wrong preparer could cost a lot–in IRS-related headaches, fines, and fees. Every year, BBB receives thousands of complaints against tax preparers. Complainants often say the tax preparer made errors in their return, which resulted in fines and fees….

Don’t get scammed by an IRS impostor!

As the tax deadline approaches, scammers are working hard to steal money from unsuspecting victims Most of us know it’s not a good idea to get on the Internal Revenue Service’s bad side, so a call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent would have to be rather scary. Unfortunately, scammers will take advantage…

BBB warns: Don’t get fooled by an IRS scam call!

As tax time approaches, Your BBB continues to receive numerous phone calls from people who say they got threatening calls from scam artists claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS published the following warning about the scam: Phone Scams Continue to be Serious Threat, Remain on IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams…

New IRS scam falsely claims to be from Taxpayer Advocate Service

As the deadline approaches to file income taxes, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reporting a new scam by criminals impersonating IRS personnel. Your BBB recently shared a warning from the IRS about a scam targeting immigrants. Now the IRS is warning consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam designed to trick you…

Fake IRS scam calls target recent immigrants

Most of us know it’s not a good idea to get on the Internal Revenue Service’s bad side, so a call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent would have to be rather scary. Unfortunately, scammers have taken advantage of that fear to steal money. Recent immigrants have been among the targets, according to a warning…

Alabama man sentenced in ID theft/tax refund fraud scheme

The U.S. Department of Justice just announced the sentencing of a man who reportedly took part in a scheme to rip off American citizens AND the federal government. Kevin Jackson of Montgomery, Alabama was handed a sentence of 102 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for his role in a stolen identity…

Don’t get fooled by fake IRS scammers!

One of the first things you learn when you reach adulthood is DON’T mess with the IRS. If you avoid paying taxes they will come looking for you. It’s almost as scary as getting the FBI on your trail. Unfortunately, people who probably deserve to have government agencies come looking for them are using that…

IRS gives three-month extension to those affected by Boston Marathon explosions

The Internal Revenue Service has announced a three-month tax filing and payment extension to taxpayers in the Boston area and others affected by the April 15 explosions at the Boston Marathon. The extension applies to all taxpayers who live in Suffolk County, Mass., including the city of Boston. Also eligible for the extension are victims, their…