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             (929) 800-2683

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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10/02/2018

Don’t Stick Your Hand Way Out When Firing


Q: What is important not to do when using pepper spray in self-defense?

You’ve probably seen those images of people preparing to shoot their assailant with Pepper-Spray-for-Security-of-Womenpepper spray, and sticking their armed hand way out front. With their index finger on the trigger ready to let them have a dose of their defense.

This is the wrong technique for holding pepper spray! Never Ever thrust your shooting hand out in front of you towards the assailant. He or she may react quickly and hit your hand aside or grab your pepper spray.! Never use your index finger to fire, as the thumb is the weakest part of the hand.  Wrap your fingers around the cannister, and use your thumb to fire. This also makes it hard for your assailant try to take your pepper spray.  As you shoot, back up and continue backing up away from the assailant. This gives you a little more time and draws the assailant into the pepper spray.

Also use your unarmed hand as a block, to help prevent your pepper spray from being taken.

In our Free E-Book, we can show you how to properly hold and file your pepper spray, and many other things.

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31/01/2018

Thank you Lawdy I’ve won the sweepstakes


Yesterday I got a phone call from a friend of mine saying he had won some bletter1ig bucks in sweepstakes.

Right away I go in to ‘It’s a scam mode’.  What he told me is that he had got a call that he won a big prize in the PCH sweepstake, but it wasn’t the grand prize. He had talked to the lawyer and all the taxes had been paid and that they should have the check on Friday!.
Sound too good to be true…right?

I asked if he had actually entered the sweepstakes. He said yes.  One of the biggest red flags is winning a sweepstake you didn’t enter.

So I asked…did he know the lawyer.  He said “No, it was the sweepstakes lawyer…blah blah blah blah”
I said, “Ok, but you know anyone can come on the phone and say they are a lawyer, I get calls from people who claim to be from the IRS, US Commerce Department, you name it”.

And the person went on and on.

So I told him, first I don’t think you pay income taxes on money you haven’t received yet

According to http://mysweepstakescontests.com/online-sweepstakes-to-win/pay-taxes-on-sweepstakes-winnings/

“according to the US law, prize money won in any form should be reported along with your income to the tax authorities by the end of the year when you file your tax accounts without fail.”
So when people mention paying taxes up front… well, let’s just say.. I think it’s a scam.  I’ve gotten a call where the person told me I had won a million dollars, but I needed to pay the taxes via a money gram first.


I asked my friend if they had to pay anything to get this money- They said no.  He also assured me that he did not give the sweepstakes any personal info like Social Security Number, or bank account info.   I hope this is so, but this also serves as a flag, because this serves as a flag.  Hmm, now I’m wondering, how they paid the taxes without the social security number. You should only receive a 1099 Form with basic info.  I need to call him back and ask.

 

Now, I told him that when they receive the check, to deposit it and not touch it for a month. 1) You want the check to clear – it could be fake. 2) You don’t want the check to be reported as stolen.   I’ve actually received a FAKE cashier’s check. Even the bank could not tell me it was fake. However, after doing some research, I found out that it was a well-known  craigslist scam

I wish my friend well…but remember to be wise and cautious when ‘FREE MONEY’ is involved. Scammer prey on the weak, greedy and desperate.

Follow up:  When the big day came…no one from the PCH Prize Patrol showed up. He as disappointed.

Here is a Resource on PCH Scams
https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-recognize-publishers-clearing-house-scams-896723

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.

30/01/2018

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month


Imagine these scenarios:

  • You are on vacation in a foreign country with your family, you have an 8-year-old shutterstock_492622561-750x551daughter with you. You are our shopping and while you are looking at some merchandise, your child disappears.  Unknown to you, they snatched by strangers.
  • You see an advertisement for models. The ad promise that selected models can make lots of money, and travel around the world. You are required to have a passport to bring on the interview, as well as a portfolio. No experience is required  You go on the interview and are never seen again.

What happened to these people?  They became sex-slaves.  It doesn’t matter the age; it doesn’t matter the gender. Almost, anyone could become a sex slave. Some people are abducted, some people are forced into it, some are sold into the business by their own families.

I’ve seen documentaries filmed in poor countries where families would pimp their young children to earn money to live. Don’t think it doesn’t happen here?

 

Here are the facts about this crime!

  • In 2014, Sex trafficking was a lucrative industry making an estimated $99 billion a year.
  • A 2012 report estimated that at least 9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor, and bonded labor.
  • A 2005 UNICEF report estimated that about 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade.
  • According to a 2016 UNODC TIP Report, 54% of trafficking victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation.
  • The same UNODE Tip reported that Women and girls make up 96% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

One website I found had the following…

Sex is not the only motive for human tracking, modern-day slavery is another. It is estimated that there are over 40 million people who are trapped in this condition, even in the United States.

The terms Human trafficking and modern-day slavery are both umbrella terms – often used interchangeably – that refers to the exploitation of people through the means of the use of threats or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, and/or deception. Human trafficking includes the practices of unpaid forced labor, debt bondage, cheap domestic servitude, forced marriage, sex trafficking, , and the recruitment and use of child soldiers, and other forms. The most common forms of exploitation are cheap forced labor, which, according to the International Labor Organization, impacts 24.9 million people a year – 16 million in private sector exploitation, 4 million in state-sanctioned forced labor, and 4.8 million in sex trafficking – and forced marriage, which enslaves 15.4 million individuals. The ILO estimates that forced labor generates $150 billion in illegal profits each year.

Trafficked persons may be forced or coerced to work in a variety of settings, both hidden and in plain sight. Some examples include factories, “sweatshops,” fields, brothels, “massage” parlors, online escort services, on street corners, as child soldiers, or in private homes. The most common industries associated with the trafficking in persons include agriculture, construction, garment and textile manufacturing, catering and restaurants, domestic work, entertainment, and the sex industry.

While human trafficking spans all demographics, trafficked persons most often come from positions of vulnerability. Those most vulnerable to trafficking include: Prior to their trafficking situation, individuals may:

  • Come from a low socio-economic background.
  • Be homeless or have run away from home.
  • Be a political, cultural, or ethnic minority.
  • Be an immigrant (legal or illegal)
  • Have a history of sexual abuse, rape, or domestic violence
  • Be in a foster care system
  • Have been subject to natural disasters, conflict, or political turmoil

 

These vulnerabilities are the result of policies and practices that marginalize entire groups of people and make them particularly susceptible to exploitation. Traffickers use these vulnerabilities to their advantage and use a number of tactics to establish control over victims.  One tactic is to threaten to have them deported.  Other methods include the use of violence, isolation, threats, deception, manipulation, debt bondage, prospects of an education, and romance. Traffickers may operate alone with one or many victims or may be a part of an extensive criminal network. Examples of trafficking rings include: gang members, family members, pimps, business owners, or smugglers.

What you can do

Remember this is a multi-billion-dollar industry. If you do anything that can disrupt someone money, it could cost you your life. Do not at any time attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to your suspicions. Your safety as well as the victim’s safety is paramount.  Instead, please contact local law enforcement directly or call the tip lines indicated on this page:

  • Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-866-347-2423)to report suspicious criminal activity to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tip Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. The Tip Line is accessible outside the United States by calling 802-872-6199.
  • Submit a tip at ice.gov/tips.  Highly trained specialists take reports from both the public and law enforcement agencies on more than 400 laws enforced by ICE HSI, including those related to human trafficking.
  • To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH), call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733). The NHTH can help connect victims with service providers in the area and provides training, technical assistance, and other resources. The NHTH is a national, toll-free hotline available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. The NHTH is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization funded by the Federal government.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

29/01/2018

College Sexual Assault is more than just statistics.


According to RAINN.OrgEvery 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault.

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Be careful when off Campus

Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. While we’re making progress — the number of assaults has fallen by more than half since 1993 — even today, only 6 out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison.   You have seen these numbers; you may have even heard that 1 in 5 College females will be victims of a sexual assault.

Those number in those statistics are more than just numbers – they represent actual people who have been violated. That number is someone’s daughter, someone’s girlfriend, or someone’s spouse.  That number is a crime victim.

A southern college campus recently posted information in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.  We have altered some of the details as they are not relevant to this post.  We desire that every college student is aware of such crimes.

  • Incident:  Sex Offense – Fondling
  • Date:  January 2018
  • Time:  9:05PM – 9:10PM
  • Reported to:    City Police Department and College Public Safety
  • Location:  Streets near a college campus
  • Suspects’ status:  At-Large (later captured)

Incident description: the Female victim was walking west on Banana Street near Orange Street and was approached by a male suspect. The male suspect grabbed the victim’s breast and then ran to a dark gray or black pickup truck which was parked on Orange Street just south of Banana Street. The suspect fled the area southbound on Orange Street towards Grape Street.

This suspect may have been involved in a simple assault of a female victim in the area of ORANGE Street and Apple Street at approximately 8:50PM.

Suspect Description: White Male; Early to Mid 20s; 5’06”- 5’08”; Heavy Set; Dark Curly Hair; Mustache/Beard; Long Sleeve Brown Flannel Shirt; and Dark Color Pants.

Import Message:  It is important to note that the victim/survivor is never the cause of the criminal offense.

Acquaintances, friends, or current/former romantic partners may assume that since they have had prior intimate encounters, they do not require consent for future sexual acts. Each sexual act requires verbal consent, otherwise, it is a crime. Tactics used by a respondent known to the complainant may include intruding into the complainant’s personal space physically, though seemingly accidental touches or casual hugs or touches. The respondent may play on the complainant’s emotional vulnerability or empathy by “sharing” personal information or stories so that he/she lowers their defenses. The complainant may feel uneasy and uncomfortable, but the respondent assures them that nothing is wrong and continues their assault, ignoring requests to stop.

On many college campuses, alcohol plays a large role in sexual assault. An attacker, often someone the person knows, may encourage or force a complainant to drink alcohol and become intoxicated or may take advantage of a complainant’s intoxication to forcibly assault him/her without consent. Respondents will seek out venues where intoxicated potential victims are likely to be, such as parties and bars. Some will put drugs, such as GHB, Ketamine, or Rohypnol, into a person’s drink to incapacitate them. GHB, also known as Liquid Ecstasy, relaxes a person’s inhibitions, causing drowsiness, and may result in a loss of consciousness. Ketamine, also known as Special K, makes a person feel as if they are separated from their body and detached from reality. Rohypnol, or Roofies, causes a person to become drowsy, dizzy, and lack motor control and coordination. Respondents may also use pressure to try drugs as part of a social event before luring them away from the group.

Approximately 66% of sexual assaults are committed by acquaintances. To reduce the risk of similar crimes from happening, we recommend that everyone familiarize themselves with what constitutes sexual assault and, as a community, be vigilant in stopping it. For example:

  • Always seek consent. Stop your sexual advances if the other person indicates no interest or if they say “no”. Engaging in any type of sexual activity without the explicit consent of your partner is sexual assault. If either party is under the influence of alcohol, consent cannot be given.
  • The absence of a “no” is not a “yes.”
  • Avoid engaging in, supporting, or encouraging sexual harassment.
  • Do NOT use threats or coercion to engage in sexual activity.
  • Call for help if you witness a violent crime.
  • Do not take advantage of someone who is passed out, incoherent or otherwise incapacitated

To Reduce your changes

  • Take a Self-Defense Class like RAD.
  • Carry Pepper Spray
  • Walk with friends when possible.

 

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. By Victor Swindell

 

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