FTC: How to avoid a Bitcoin blackmail scam

When I received the August 21 Consumer Alert from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) via email, I was amazed to find out that the FTC was forwarding instructions on, “How to avoid a Bitcoin blackmail scam.” Had the FTC had found a way to make us always behave in an appropriate manner? Or maybe they …

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Vacation rentals: another day, another scam

If you’re planning a vacation for Labor Day, a weekend getaway or even looking ahead to the holidays, make sure to keep your eyes open for a new scam centered around vacation rentals. If you’re anything like me, planning for a vacation tends to happen a little closer to the vacation date than you’d like. …

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New tactic in IRS phone scams to defraud you

Everyday scammers are hard at work trying come up with new ways to use technology against you in their never-ending efforts to fraudulently take your money. Their latest tactic is to use equipment that can “spoof” the caller ID on your phone to make it look like the call is from a legitimate IRS office. …

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Scam alert: IRS urges taxpayers to be vigilant

We are taking a small break in the tax reform blogs to let you know that the IRS has issued an alert on a growing trend in scams aimed at taxpayers. Here is how the scam works – and keep reading, because there are different versions. After stealing taxpayer data and filing fraudulent returns, the …

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Teachers targeted in fraud scheme

When consumer activity increases substantially, with it comes the increase in consumer fraud. How are these fraudsters gaining access to consumer information? They do it by developing new schemes to get your personal identifiable information. The latest scheme targeted our teachers. Recently a fraudster did a little homework and created a fictitious email account in …

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Avoid Being Scammed like Real Housewife Heather Dubrow

On a recent episode of her podcast Heather Dubrow’s World, Heather Dubrow revealed how she and her husband, plastic surgeon Terry Dubrow, were scammed out of nearly $2 million by their accountant and another woman. After selling their O.C. home for $16.45 million, the Dubrows were encouraged by their accountant of more than twenty years, …

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Did You Just Try to Scam a Forensic Accountant?

As a forensic accountant, I know that telephone scams are becoming increasingly more common. However, I was surprised when I actually received a phone call recently with an automated message stating that I needed to call back regarding a serious tax liability. Although I knew it was bogus, I called back and spoke to a …

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New cyber attack masquerading as IRS refund information

Now that your tax returns are completed, there is a new way for the bad guys to get after you. There is a new email-based ransomware attack, which involves receiving an email that looks like the item below. The bad part is that the attachment looks like a Word file attachment. If you open this …

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