BBB: Be wary of tax collection scams

first_img Twitter BBB: Be wary of tax collection scams Pinterest By admin – March 18, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest BBB Scam TrackerThere is just over a month left to file your taxes by the April 17th deadline if you have not done so already. This time of year, is also peak season for tax collection scams, and the longer you wait to file your returns, the more chances a scam artist might have to use your information to steal your money or personal information. According to Time, close to 20 percent of Americans still wait until April to file their returns.Tax-related scams are among the most stubborn cons out there. Although, they are no longer one of the top ten riskiest scams, according to Better Business Bureau’s 2017 Risk Report, there has still been more than 3,500 reports filed on BBB Scam Tracker since January 2017. They reappear often, each time with a slightly different spin.In the most recent version of this scam, which triggered an urgent warning from the IRS last month, thieves use phishing and other schemes to steal client data from tax professionals. Then, using that data, they file fraudulent tax returns and use the taxpayers’ real bank accounts to deposit erroneous tax refunds. Finally, the thieves, posing as IRS, debt collection agency officials or law enforcement, call attention to the error and ask taxpayers to return the money to them.These imposters often go to great lengths to appear real. The scammer may give a fake badge number and name. Your caller ID may look like the call is coming from Washington, D.C. In many instances, these scams start with a serious and official sounding “robocall” recording.Another scam to look out for is tax identity theft. This occurs when a scammer uses your Social Security number to file a tax return in your name and collect your refund. It can also be someone using your information to get a job. Consumers don’t usually realize they have been victims of tax identity theft until they get a written notice from the IRS saying that more than one tax return was filed, or they were paid by an employer they don’t know.BBB Serving the Heart of Texas has the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of this all-too-common scam:1. Be wary if you are being asked to act immediately. Scammers typically try to push you into action before you have had time to think. The IRS will give you the chance to question or appeal what you owe.2. The IRS doesn’t call, text or email. The IRS won’t call about payments or overdue taxes without first contacting you by mail.3. Don’t wire money or use a prepaid debit card. The IRS says it will never demand immediate payment, require a specific form of payment, or ask for credit card or debit card numbers over the phone.4. Get an IP PIN. You can get an Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) from the IRS before you file your return. This is a six-digit number, which, in addition to your Social Security number, confirms your identity. This can be done at IRS.gov.If you are the victim of tax identity theft in the U.S., contact the IRS at 1-800-908-4490. You can also file a report at BBB.org/scamtracker. Facebook Heather Massey is the Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau in the Permian Basin. Check out www.bbb.org or call 563-1880. Facebook Previous articleA SHARP LIFE: And the band played onNext articlePERRYMAN: Keeping the Texas economy on track adminlast_img read more

Hundreds of Youth Expected to Gather in Mahaut for the Diocesan World Youth Day Rally

first_img Share Share Share Tweet 31 Views   one commentcenter_img LocalNews Hundreds of Youth Expected to Gather in Mahaut for the Diocesan World Youth Day Rally by: – March 26, 2012 Sharing is caring! The Diocese of Roseau Youth Secretariat in collaboration with the Parish of St. Ann will host its annual World Youth Day Rally to be held on Saturday March 31, 2012 from 10:00am in the community of Mahaut. The theme for this year’s rally is: “Your Word is a Lamp for my Steps and a Light for my Path (Ps. 119:105). Pope Benedict the XVI has also declared “Rejoice in the Lord Always” (Phil 4:4-9), as the official World Youth Day theme.World Youth Day is an initiative of the late Pope John Paul II and is normally celebrated on Palm Sunday worldwide. Young people from every parish community of Dominica will be reflecting on both themes during the course of the day’s activities.Hundreds of youth are expected to gather at the corner of Dominica Coconut Products and the Belfast road on Saturday morning, to begin a lively praise and worship procession through the village led by Jeffers Paul & Friends. The procession will lead to the Mahaut playing field (Teza grounds), where a faith filled programme of activities is planned. His Lordship, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire will be present throughout the day and will be the main celebrant at the closing Eucharistic Liturgy at 3:30pm on the playing field. Other invited guests include the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and the local Parliamentary Representative.The featured speaker for this year’s annual rally is Mr. Nic Davidson, a young Catholic convert and missionary. Other guest performances included Asher Thomas and various parish youth groups who will share their gifts in song and dance. A special feature of the rally will be a bible quiz competition based on the popular TV game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. Parishes and Catholic Secondary Schools will be competing for a grand prize trip to the Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly to be held in St. Lucia, in July 2012.The Diocesan Youth Secretariat invites all youth and interested adults to this annual event. Come and be blessed!Press ReleaseDiocesan Youth Secretariatlast_img read more