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Telephone scam artist: ‘Americans are fools’

Telephone scam artist: ‘Americans are fools’

As reported in the news of the OC Register:  Telephone scam artist: ‘Americans are fools’ The con man was looking for a mark, but instead he got a cop. Damon Tucker, head investigator for the Major Fraud Unit in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, was checking voice messages on his personal cellphone when he […]

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IRS Warns Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia Residents of New Phishing Scam Targeting National Capital Area

IRS Warns Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia Residents of New Phishing Scam Targeting National Capital Area

IRS Warns Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia Residents of New Phishing Scam Targeting National Capital Area IRS YouTube Videos Tax Scams: English | Spanish | ASL Security Summit Identity Theft Tips Overview: English Be Cautious When Using Wi-Fi: English Update Your Password Regularly: English WASHINGTON — As reports of phone scams as well as email phishing […]

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Phishing season in full swing as tax deadline looms

Phishing season in full swing as tax deadline looms

As reported in the AP news, Phishing season in full swing as tax deadline looms. NEW YORK (AP) — Tax day is a little more than a month away, which means phishing season is in full swing. The IRS says it’s seen a “surge” this year in phishing emails, with thieves baiting special hooks for payroll […]

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Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam

Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam

As reported in the AP news, Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tax-filing season is turning into a nightmare for thousands of employees whose companies have been duped by email fraudsters. A major phishing scheme has tricked several major companies — among them, the messaging service Snapchat and disk-drive […]

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Washington Alert – Phishing and Malware Incidents up 400% at IRS; IRS improves its direct debit installment agreement (DDIA) procedures; Identity theft tops IRS’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams

Washington Alert – Phishing and Malware Incidents up 400% at IRS; IRS improves its direct debit installment agreement (DDIA) procedures; Identity theft tops IRS’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams

The current tax season already has seen a 400% surge in phishing and malware incidents, a situation which prompted IRS to renew an earlier consumer alert regarding email schemes. (IR 2016-28) This has become a nationwide problem, and variations of the schemes also are appearing in text messages. As described by the agency, the emails […]

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Washington Alert – IRS warns of bogus e-mail scams; IRS Retirement Plans; JCT on Tax Reform, Growth and Efficiency

Washington Alert – IRS warns of bogus e-mail scams; IRS Retirement Plans; JCT on Tax Reform, Growth and Efficiency

IRS on Feb. 18 warned tax return preparers and other tax professionals that they are being targeting by scam artists who use bogus emails “seeking updated personal or professional information that in reality are phishing schemes.” (IR 2015-31) As described by the agency, the bogus emails ask tax professionals to update their IRS e-services portal […]

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Beware of callers who demand payment to IRS

Beware of callers who demand payment to IRS

As reported in the OC Register, “Beware of callers who demand payment to IRS,” by Raphael Tulino- who is the spokesman for the IRS in the Orange County/San Diego area.  Today he warns readers about a sophisticated new phone scam making the rounds. It’s a call nobody wants to receive, but if you get an […]

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IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2013-05: What Taxpayers Should Know about Identity Theft and Taxes

IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2013-05:  What Taxpayers Should Know about Identity Theft and Taxes

Protecting taxpayers and their tax refunds from identity theft is a top priority for the IRS. This year the IRS expanded its efforts to better protect taxpayers and help victims dealing with this difficult issue. When your personal information is lost or stolen, it can lead to identity theft. Identity thieves sometimes use your personal […]

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IRS Tax Tip 2013-19: Beware of Bogus IRS Emails

IRS Tax Tip 2013-19: Beware of Bogus IRS Emails

The IRS receives thousands of reports every year from taxpayers who receive emails out-of-the-blue claiming to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name or logo to make the message appear authentic so you will respond to it. In reality, it’s a scam known as “phishing,” attempting to trick you into revealing your personal […]

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Gifts Cards With a Catch

Gifts Cards With a Catch

As reported in the news of the WS Journal, beware of scams regarding “gift cards” – there’s plenty out there, especially this time of year.  Here’s the “be on lookout” article. Don’t get too excited if you receive a text message announcing you’ve won a gift card from a big retailer. Chances are it’s “smishing””or […]

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IRS warns consumers of possible scams relating to Hurricane Sandy relief

IRS warns consumers of possible scams relating to Hurricane Sandy relief

Following major disasters, it’s common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email or in-person solicitations. The IRS cautions both hurricane victims and people wishing to make disaster-related charitable donations to avoid scam artists by following these […]

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Scammers pose as IRS in attempt to get data

Scammers pose as IRS in attempt to get data

Editor’s Note: As reported in the news in ConsumerAffairs.com, another scam to be aware of is fake IRS scammers seeking to obtain your personal information.  Here’s the article: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) commands attention. When you get something in the mail from the tax agency, you can bet you’ll open it right away. That’s […]

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IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012

IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012

IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012 IRS YouTube Videos: Dirty Dozen: English | Spanish | ASL WASHINGTON –  The Internal Revenue Service recently issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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