Trilogy of IRS scam warnings as tax day draws near

According to this SOURCE, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals.

The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Recognize the telltale signs of a scam. See also: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door

Scams Targeting Taxpayers

IRS warns of new phone scam using Taxpayer Advocate Service numbers

The IRS warns the public about a new twist on the IRS impersonation phone scam whereby criminals fake calls from the Taxpayer Advocate Service.  See IR-2019-44.

IRS: Don’t be victim to a ‘ghost’ tax return preparer

The IRS warns taxpayers to avoid unethical tax return preparers, known as ghost preparers. See IR-2019-09.

IRS warns of “Tax Transcript” email scam; dangers to business networks

The IRS and Security Summit partners today warned the public of a surge of fraudulent emails impersonating the IRS and using tax transcripts as bait to entice users to open documents containing malware. See IR-2018-226.



This ‘Geek Squad’ scam is freaky


When you search for computer tech help, you may be inclined to Google “Geek Squad”, but you may not be aware of the following caveat.

Pay attention to a new scam warning. Reports say people are getting calls from someone who claims to work for Geek Squad or some other computer repair service.

The scammer claims they will reimburse you for some previous repairs if you go to a site and enter bank information but instead, they take funds from your account.

Now, from KENNEWICK, WA comes a similar account – “A scam is going around and one woman is warning others about it. Luckily, she did all the right things to protect herself.

“Betty Lee received a phone call Monday from a local number she thought she had recognized. But when she answered, a man she did not recognize came on and offered to give her a refund for some computer work she had done a while back.

“He was wanting to give me a refund on some computer work I had done and I said ‘what company are you with?’ And he said Geek Squad,” Lee said. 

“Lee thought it was odd that Geek Squad would reach out to give her a refund, but she followed along with the caller. He told Lee that in order to give her the refund he was going to need to access her computer and information, and proceeded to ask her how much she paid for the work she had done.

“That’s when the red flag went up in her head. “I thought that was kind of strange because if they are calling me for a refund… they should have that information,” Lee said. 

“Knowing something was off, Betty quickly got off the phone and dialed her local Geek Squad to see if this was right. A representative ensured her that Geek Squad does not reach out unless the customer reaches out first and that the phone call she received was indeed a scam.

“My fear is that they will get a hold of someone who will let them into their computer,” Lee said. 

The shocking reality of this scam is confirmed recently by a friend of mine who was swindled by this identical fraudulent operation. Never give any personal financial information over the phone and never trust “robocallers” with access to your computer. ▶SEARCH

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What is AMP?

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Arriving in my inbox today and now archived in SeeWorth via my @flipboard SocialCurrentSee (SCS) is details about AMP, an open-source library that (according to the source) provides a straightforward way to create web pages that are compelling, smooth, and load near instantaneously for users. AMP pages are just web pages that you can link to and are controlled by you.

AMP builds on your existing skill sets and frameworks to create web pages. AMP is supported by many different platforms, and it’s compatible across browsers.

AMP’s ecosystem includes 25 million domains, 100+ technology providers, and leading platforms, that span the areas of publishing, advertising, e-commerce, local and small businesses, and more!

But if you visit the video link from this source, you will find about a dozen detractors, skeptics about AMP.

Read Mike Foxworth’s Newsletter on Nuzzel.

Among the lead flips today is the SocialCurrentSee about the national scholarship scandal in which around 50 elites were caught paying extraordinary sums to get their offspring enrolled in prestige universities and colleges.

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Dee Dee and I, now retired since January 2010, are thankfully enjoying our early retirement years because of the successful treatment from MCL (see notes that follow). In late October 2011 we changed our home residence for the 20th time in 40 years of marriage.

Our last move is to the community of Trilogy at Glen Ivy, a golf course 55+ retirement community just south of Corona in Southern California. Going back a few years, in March 2006, I contracted one of the most aggressive forms of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). We never obtained lasting remission from some 16 different chemo treatments while waiting for a unrelated donor stem cell transplant (MUD SCT), the only medical procedure that offers hope of a cure for MCL. The SCT was completed on August 22, 2007. Shortly, we were well into a second year cancer-free, knowing that recovery was steady but slow with some skin rash (GVH), still on Feb. 25, 2008, I returned to work on a part-time basis.

Then, in late-July 2008, I returned to work on a full-time basis. But the MCL returned in July 2009 and a month later I started TomoTherapy (radiation) that was successful and returned to medical leave status until March 2010 and officially retired because my former work was largely dealing with grateful, but sick hospital patients, making the risk of contact a serious threat to my health.

While cancer-free at this time as the calendar turns from 2018 to 2019, the immune system seems to be almost normal, but not without certain precautions. To help boost the immune system, I have been getting periodic infusions of immunoglobulin and a miracle drug called Rituxan, a unique therapy that works by selectively depleting CD20+ B-cells. B-cells, and their role in cancer and autoimmune diseases. My doctors say that these infusions may continue indefinitely but become less frequent. See my blog for more details now and in the future.