Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy holidays phone scammers -- fake IRS

These phone scammers are still not shut down. A few days ago, I received one of these phone calls-- 5:30 am, nope didn't pick it up.  
scam phone number 
'Tis the season...
Fox 6 News, 8/29/14. "Do NOT answer your phone if the number dialing is 202-609-7070."  

"WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning American taxpayers about a widespread phone scam. The callers fraudulently claim to be IRS agents and demand payment for fake tax liens. .... The IRS says they have received 90,000 complaints to date about the scam, and about 1,000 people have lost an estimated $5 million from the fraud." ....  For more information on phone scams and how to avoid being defrauded, visit"   Read more.

Related -  IRS Report Phishing and Online Scams, 12/12/14, listed scam tips, and, and a "Phishing-Malware" video, 59 seconds. "The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts. What is phishing? Phishing is a scam typically carried out through unsolicited email and/or websites that pose as legitimate sites and lure unsuspecting victims to provide personal and financial information." 

Note photographs.  Hungry bird from The Guardian News, UK, 12/27/11, by FLPA/Alamy, caption: "Holly trees and bushes have been smothered in bright red fruit, although hungry birds are devouring them fast." Telephone graphic from the Fox 6 News article above.  'Tis definition.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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