IRS warns taxpayers of property lien scam

This month the IRS issued a Tax Tip warning taxpayers about fake property liens. This is just one of many scams out there designed to trick you into paying money for fictitious bills. Don’t miss: IRS issues warning to virtual currency owners Here are some of the attributes of the scam that the IRS wants …

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Don’t get scammed by fake IRS

The impostors, impersonators and general all-around bad guys are at it again. According to the IRS, notifications to phishing@IRS.gov are up substantially on unsolicited emails, claiming to be from the IRS. It begs the question, would there ever be a solicited email from the IRS? Don’t miss: Call from the SSA? Don’t fall for it. …

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Scammers go after international students’ money

Scammers pretending to be from the federal government are scaring international students into paying them money. The FTC says it has received report that foreign students – particularly from South Asian countries – are getting phone calls that look like they’re from the government. The scammers typically know about a student’s immigration status and the …

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IRS revamps EIN process to enhance security

As part of its ongoing security review, the IRS is making a change to the Employer Identification Number process. Starting May 13, only individuals with tax identification numbers may request an EIN as the “responsible party” on the application. This will provide greater security by requiring an individual – instead of entity – to be …

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Calls from the SSA? Don’t fall for it

Your personal information is a hot commodity these days. Fraudsters seem to develop new scams daily to try to dupe you into handing over your tax refund, your Social Security number and other sensitive information, so it’s no surprise we have another warning for you. The Federal Trade Commission says it’s seen a spike in …

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College test prep scam – don’t fall victim

Parents of high school students preparing to go to college – beware! There’s a college test prep scam targeting you. According to the FTC, someone claiming to be from the College Board, the organization in change of the PSAT and SAT tests, calls or emails you and asks for your credit card number in order …

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Wait – what? My college life may be a fraud?

I woke up to a text from my youngest daughter on Wednesday morning (yes, I know it is tax season, but she is living on the East Coast and with Daylight Saving Time, so she is three hours ahead of me!) jokingly asking if I had purchased her way into the University of Arizona. After …

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Free credit freeze, free yourself of fraud

After the massive Experian data breach, and others, consumers continue to look for ways to protect their personal information from fraudsters. Getting a security/credit freeze put on your credit file is one line of defense. Having a credit freeze on your credit file stops a criminal from opening a credit card or credit line in …

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Scams targeting your info ahead of tax deadline

If you filed for an extension on your taxes, you’re probably finalizing all your information for the October 15 deadline. But those last-minute details aren’t the only thing you need to be concerned with. The IRS is warning taxpayers that criminals are still after your personal information and money. Scams are on the upswing right …

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Expanded debt relief for students of select defunct colleges

Student loan debt is a huge problem for Americans. The average student loan debt for the graduating class of 2017 is $39,400, which is up 6% from the prior year. Ouch! The scary part is that not all students are graduating from authentic and respectable colleges. Some students have found themselves graduating from fraudulent online …

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