Defense Against Crime

18/04/2017

IRS Scam Revisited


I8240087_G‘ve written before that I’ve received several phone calls from someone whose native language wasn’t english claiming to be from the IRS.  It was soo obvious to me from the call that this was a scam.

Since that time I’ve received the same call..from various places in the US including New Mexico, California, Rhode Island…all stating he IRS has a warrant for my arrest unless I pay taxes…blah blah blah.

Since today is Tax day I guess these people thought they thought they would try again. Apparently, these criminals have gotten some funding, because  now they are using RoboCall. What is funny is even though it’s an electronic voice, it uses the same bad sentence structure of someone whose native language isn’t US English.

 

Here are TIPS from IRS.gov

Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill in an official IRS Envelope with contact information that you can verify at your local IRS office…
  2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.  Just like with your income taxes they will set up agreed payment options for you.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. It’s a Federal crime..and only the Feds will be involved.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040 (see IRS.gov site). The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Impostor Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.  [See update at top of page.]

Remember, too, the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to http://www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

 

07/03/2017

Have you ever lost your Cell Phone?


find-lost-phoneHave you ever lost your cell phone?  I have! Last year after thanksgiving, I was out shopping and came to the realization that I lost my cell phone.  So panic ensued. I looked everywhere, went back to all the stores.  The only thing I could think of was that I was dumb enough to leave it in the car with the windows down….nah.  I just lost it, and don’t know where.

So I waited a week, since I left business cards in the case, perhaps someone found it and would return it.  I tried using the locate my cell phone feature of Google and on some of the security apps. I tried calling it.  Nothing worked.  So I put in a lost claim, and just got another one.

Needless to day, modern cell phone are useful tool that allow us to connect to a variety of things and people, and when we loose them we tend to loose photos (unless you are using apps that send them to the cloud), or contacts.   Heaven forbid  you don’t have it unlocked and all of your e-mail and accounts are open to anyone who finds it. So what should you do.

 

  1. Make sure your cell phone is secure with a pin or pattern.
  2. Make sure you have an app that allows you to track it.
  3. If you loose it, report it as soon as possible.
  4. Change all the account password that you access thru your phone..just in case.
  5. If your phone is in a case,  think about putting your first initial and alternate phone number on a card that says something like  if found contact : (INFO).  Most people are honest.

 

If you happen to find a cell phone…look for information about the owner.

  • If you find it..contact them
  • If you don’t, look for the nearest office building an leave it at the reception desk.

 

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17/01/2017

Cashier’s Check Scam on Craigslist


First I’m going to say I have nothing against Craig’s List as a service. When I moved, I sold most of my extra furniture on there, and I’ve purchased items from craigslist.  Most of the people on there are honest. I said most. However I recently tried to sell a projector TV on craigslist. I was asking only $300 OBO.  Within a few hours of posting the add I got a text message from a number in Florida (I wish I had saved the number) from someone who wanted to purchase it.  (CLUE:?).

The person told me that he would send me a check and then arrange for someone to pick it up. (CLUE). Knowing a wee bit about they types of the scams that are out there here is a big clue.  PAYING MORE THAN YOU ASK and asking for the difference back.   I informed him that If I received more than what was asked that I would return the check.  He seemed to understand.  He even said that I could wait until the checked cleared before proceeding. That sounded good..but I still felt uneasy.  He wanted my address..so I gave my work address, and waited to see what happened next.

Next I did what I recommend you all to do.  I Googled the number that was texting me.  It came up a lot in a google search associated with lots of red flags. (CLUE 2)

Starting the few days I started getting these messages

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Now please note just how much this guy texted on a Saturday. Ask why would someone send money to send a check Priority mail for an old TV.  As a general rule I go cell phone free on weekends.  But anyway on Monday January 16 (which is a FEDERAL HOLIDAY), he kept texting.
I politely told him two things.  Banks were closed on Federal Holidays, I don’t work on

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The guy kept wanting me to ‘Deposit the funds’.

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So On Tuesday I received the office mail.

Now quick what was the name of the buyer?

A: Frank Perry.

Here is the envelope.

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Now the wonderful think about tracking numbers, you can tell where they were mailed.

According to the tracker this came from LeHigh Acres FL which is about 185 miles away from the address on the package.   (CLUE)

Then I looked at the check.  Do you remember How much I asked for?

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So even though I took the cashier’s check to the bank to see if they could tell if it was a fake check.  The teller couldn’t.

I then informed the client that I would be returning the check and needed to validate their mailing address.  Remember, I did tell them this was a big No No  They have not responded, despite all of the early texting urging me to deposit the funds.

Now There are several Federal laws that were broken here..but it his highly doubtful that anyone will be caught…

SO We tell these stories to help prevent people from being scammed…

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09/01/2017

Free Government Money…Really?


I few years ago, I received a phone call from a person who enthusiastically told me that I has won a FREE Government Grant.  With the FREE Money I could pay off debt, stat a business and on an own. It was a program set up by some government agency.  I’m not going to re-tell the story as I’ve already written about it and you can click the link to read. it.

Well the other day I received this e-mail

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Needless to say that this looked familiar. Ronald Regan said ” The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from thegovernment and I’m here to help'”. While I think the Federal Government does do a lot of good, there are many people who are often fooled by these scams because they are aware of how much money they government does waste.  But know they Congress does waste lots of money, but usually entities apply for it, and Congress grants it to those entities.  Government grants are not freely given to individuals. They only individual grants I know of are educational grants for students, but these come from money allocated to the Department of Education. Grants are given to organizations and corporations who apply for them.

Is the government giving away free money….NO!

Are there organization that give money to help people..YES.

What is likely the case… They want your money by asking for a FEE for this FREE money, or they want your personal information for identity theft.

WHAT TO DO!

  1. Research the offer or company.. google them
  2. Report them to the FTC if necessary
  3. Make them as SPAM

 

 

PepperEyes Self-Defense, Safety and Security Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

 

04/01/2017

If you see a crying child by the road.


I received the below from a friends of mine…and it’s largely an urban rumor.

This is from a County Sheriffs Department, please read this message very carefully .

This message is for any lady who goes to work, college or school or even driving or walking the streets alone.  If you find a young person crying on the road showing you their address and is asking you to take them to that address… take that child to the POLICE STATION ! !

No matter what you do, DON’T go to that address. This is a new way for gang members to rape women. 

 Please forward this message to all ladies & guys so that they can inform their sisters & friends and family.

Our 1 message may save a life. Published by CNN & FOX NEWS (Please circulate)..**Please DO NOT IGNORE ! Thank you

Here are the facts

http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/childlure.asp

After I received this message, I talked to a member of law enforcement, and he said that this has possible happened as many urban legends, like the person in the back seat.  Therefore it, use wisdom in any situation.

Now if you happen to see a crying child on the side of the road… Call Law enforcement and let them handle it.

 

PepperEyes Self-Defense, Safety and Security Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

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