Defense Against Crime

05/04/2018

The IRS Scam Continues


I’ve written about this before on this blog.  This scam is alive and well. In fact just this TpyHkgJweek, I’ve received two calls this week.  One of them was from Canada, one from New York! It used to be that the call was from someone with a thick foreign dialect calling from New Mexico, and other places…now it’s a digital recording ..still using broken English.  They claim to be the Investigative Team of IRS, and assert there is a legal matter against me, and If I don’t call the local law enforcement is going to pick me up. It’s still so obvious to me that it’s a scam.  However, our goal is to warn you!

Numbers they have called from:
(If you have others ..let me know ..I’m keeping a running list as I get them)

  • (607) 542-3079             (646) 396-7418
  • (914) 401-5565             (607) 542-3893
  • (914) 401-5965             (607) 542-4652
  • (914) 512-5975             (518) 615-7980
  • (631) 604-0694

So after many years of reporting, why are they still doing it.  Obviously many people are still falling for it. It’s phishing, with using fear as bait, to get someone to bite

You can go to the IRS Web Site to verify what I’m about to inform you about. (https://www.irs.gov/privacy-disclosure/report-phishing)

Also, See https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/scam-calls-and-emails-using-irs-as-bait-persist

The real IRS will NOT:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment.
  • The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail. (this includes Robo Calls)
  • Demand tax payment and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For example, demand that you pay with a prepaid debit card. (using Green Dot, money grams or other).
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other agencies to arrest you without paying.
  • Threaten you with a lawsuit. (They will serve you first)

If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA’s “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page to report the incident.
  • You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your report.

If you think you may owe taxes:

  • Ask for a call back number and an employee badge number. (go to IRS.gov to call a local office)
  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS employees can help you.

In most cases, an IRS phishing scam is an unsolicited, bogus email that claims to come from the IRS. They often use fake refunds, phony tax bills, or threats of an audit. Some emails link to sham websites that look real.  The scammers’ goal is to lure victims to give up their personal and financial information. If they get what they’re after, they use it to steal a victim’s money and their identity.

If you get a ‘phishing’ email, the IRS offers this advice:

  • Don’t reply to the message.
  • Don’t give out your personal or financial information.
  • Forward the email to phishing@irs.gov. Then delete it.
  • Don’t open any attachments or click on any links. They may have malicious code that will infect your computer.

More information on how to report phishing or phone scams is available on IRS.gov.

What happens when you call

One day I decided to play along and called one of the numbers.  I, of course, pretended to be someone else.  If they can pretend to be the IRS, I can be someone else. You get connected to some type of call center, as there are LOTS of people on the phone … scamming people.  I got connected to a person who identified themselves as Agent Eva Green (foreign accent).  Badge # PP35759  and my case number assigned is U8CIA69Q04.  Apparently, I have made mistakes on my 2011-2016 Tax forms and according to section 101 (If you look it up its discusses death benefits..but I most people won’t look this up) – I owed $7,500 which included all kinds of fines, fees…etc.  Since there was sooo much noise I told her that I could not hear her…and really you can’t with all the noise.  So I was transferred to another person speaking with a foreign accent, he called himself Mike Olson Badge GS26052.  He wanted to verify my ID…I gave him my fake persona (I think I covered this in one of my posts).  He said the ID verified (Oh really?).  He said that I owed $3,424 which included the fees etc.  Notice how the amounts did not match.  Anyway, under section 101- they had the ability to have the local police come to arrest me, take me to Washington DC, cancel my driver’s license, take the money from my bank account, suspend my social security and other things.  I had two options to settle this in court or out of court and of course, had to hire a lawyer.  I told him I was a lawyer.  (If he can claim to be an IRS Agent, I can be a lawyer).  He said he would see me in court and hung up.

So if you get these calls…and have the time… have fun. Next time I’m gonna be politician.

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products 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 on 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. by Victor Swindell

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03/11/2017

Have fun with an IRS Scammer


In years gone by, I’ve gotten those phone calls from someone with a foreign accent telling b25belderly-smartphone-620x350me that I had a IRS legal matter and they were coming to get me, unless I sent them the money I owed.
I always ignore them, or just hung up. The calls seemingly came from all over the US.  It’s one of those scam calls meant to scare you and get you to send the scammer money immediately.

You can read more about the IRS Scam here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts.

The data breaches especially at Equifax has more of our information out there for scammers and other criminals to use.

So recently I’ve decided to have fun, and decided that you should too. Here is what you need to do

  • Step 1 Create a fake persona. – Set up a Name like Emmett Brown, a birthday like 11/5/1955 and the rest  OR you can go to  sites like http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/ to create one for you including a FAKE SSN, address and the rest.
  • Step 2 – Create a Fake Voice (I do the country hick, but you can test your acting chops)
  • Step 3 – Call them back and pretend you are the person in Step 1 and have every intention of sending in the money, and act like your scared.

Today, I got a call from  someone calming to  Kevin White calling from 914-499-8989 with Case Number RC846042 he also claimed his badge number was SM786024.  I called and wanted more information, and gave him my info.  He pretended that he was looking it up…and then came back to tell me all the scam stuff to make me think it was real. When he could not verify me, and then told me the Sheriff would be coming to give me the info.

Please share this with your friends, and let’s as the say..take a bite out of crime.

BTW, I’ve printed up my new fake ID and will be using it on any site I know is a scam.

See you can have fun with scammers to.

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products 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.

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.

 

25/11/2016

Greed Plus Stupidity equals Danger


Yesterday, I received a Phone call. I didn’t check the number at the time.  I later looked atAnnoying call my phone and the number was from (876)-321-3946 (Jamaica).  The gentleman told me that I had won 6.5 Million Dollars and a New BMW.  He then asked if I was excited about this. I asked him to repeat himself, and he did.  Mind you I did not enter any contest, which is the first indicator that this is a SCAM.  He then asked if I was near a western union, I was about two block from one.  I told him “No”.  He went on to say that the IRS required that I fill out a form…blah blah blah.  In my mind, I was thinking “The IRS doesn’t use Western Union”. He went on to say that the IRS required me to pay some type of fee …blah blah blah.  The was the other big key to this being a SCAM.  See if you win a cash prize, you are required by the IRS to list it on your income taxes, you do not pay penalties and taxes before you received the fund, however since your winnings are reported to the IRS, they know what you won.

I’m sure several of my readers have receive scam calls. I know I received about 20 of the IRS Scam calls. That’s the one that wants to scare you by informing you that you are about to be arrested by the IRS unless you wire them money right away (Click here to learn more).  There is also a Government Grant Scam you need to be aware of.

The calls the one I receive depends on two factors from my end. The first is Greed.  Free MONEY.  Free Millions.  I mean that’s why like of people play the lottery.  For $1 I can possible be a millionaire, however, usually someone you don’t know may win. At least we know there are winners, but the odds are the winner won’t be you.  The second factor for this scam is stupidity or ignorance of the law.  See the scammer threw around the ‘IRS’ term several times to make themselves sound legitimate.  Fortunately, I do my own taxes, so I know you pay taxes based on what you have received in your hands, not the promise of money.

According to IRS regulations you don’t pay taxes to enter a sweepstakes. You should not pay to play a sweepstakes. In addition, sweepstakes prizes and gambling wins must be reported and are taxed differently. If a sweepstakes sponsor tries to withhold some of your winnings, you need to take extra care that you are not dealing with a sweepstakes scam.

The IRS requires that you report your sweepstakes winnings as “Other Income” no matter what the value.  Also, remember, too, that although sweepstakes sponsors must file a 1099 form for prizes over $600, they can report prizes of any amount to the IRS. If a sponsor reports you as a winner but you don’t report the prize on your taxes, the IRS might notice the discrepancy and investigate your taxes.

 Things You Can Do to Avoid Being Scammed

  • Spot Deception. Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company you do business with. Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request — whether it comes as a text, a phone call, or an email.
  • Learn the Facts: Type a company or product name into your favorite search engine along the with words like “review,” “complaint” or “scam.” Or search for a phrase that describes your situation, like “IRS call.” You can even search for phone numbers to see if other people have reported them as scams.
  • Seeing is NOT Believing -Don’t believe your caller ID. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see aren’t always real. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine.
  • Don’t buy a pig in a poke! – Someone might ask you to pay in advance for things like lottery winnings, debt relief, credit and loan offers, mortgage assistance, or a job. They might even say you’ve won a prize, but first you have to pay taxes or fees. If you do, they will probably take your money and disappear.
  • Consider how you pay. Credit cards have significant fraud protection built in, but some payment methods don’t. Wiring money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram is risky because it’s nearly impossible to get your money back. That’s also true for reloadable cards like MoneyPak Reloadit or Vanilla. Government offices and honest companies won’t require you to use these payment methods.
  • Talk to a real person. – Before you give up your money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. Con artists want you to make decisions in a hurry. They might even threaten you. Slow down, check out the story, do an online search, consult an expert — or just tell a friend. If you are like me and you suspect something, give them fake information.  I have a whole fake persona that I have complete with name, birthday, SSN, and I use an  old address.
  • Terminate robocalls. – If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up and report it to the FTC. These calls are illegal, and often the products are bogus. Don’t press 1 to speak to a person or to be taken off the list. That could lead to more calls.
  • Be suspicious about free trial offers. Some companies use free trials to sign you up for products and bill you every month until you cancel. Before you agree to a free trial, research the company and read the cancellation policy. And always review your monthly statements for charges you don’t recognize. This is especially true of internet and radio ads.
  • Don’t deposit a check you receive and wire money back. By law, banks must make funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. If a check you receive from a company is deposited into your account turns out to be a fake, you’re responsible for repaying the bank. This is a well-known scam of sweepstakes, and job offers.
  • Sign up for free scam alerts from the FTC at ftc.gov/scams. Get the latest tips and advice about scams sent right to your inbox.

If you spot a scam, report it at ftc.gov/complaint. Your reports help the FTC and other law enforcement investigate scams and bring crooks to justice.

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.

16/02/2016

909-271-0429 IRS Scam


Today I got home and there was a message on my caller ID with the ID name of REFUND. It 020414_1627_BetterBusin1.jpgcame from (909) 271-0429 which is in California. The person who called had a thick foreign accent, they always seem to have thick foreign accents. The message said that they claimed to be from the IRS and that it was really important and if I didn’t return the call there would be consequences.

  • I have to repeat the IRS WILL NOT CALL YOU.
  • They will send you an official letter by mail that has all the verifiable information for you.
  • The Internal Revenue Service does not use the Caller ID Name Refund.

If you received such a call.

  1. Do you volunteer or confirm and personal information.
  2. Hang up.
  3. Report it: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

 

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