scams targeting geezers (like me)

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    Dec 15, 2015 1:59 AM GMT
    http://www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/beware-of-scams-targeting-older-people-during-the-holidays/
  • LJay

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    Dec 15, 2015 5:41 PM GMT
    Common enough stuff. One way to combat this is to ask for a callback number and a person's name. Another thing I do is simply to never give money away unless I take the first step. If I wish to donate money to an organization, I will decide which one.
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    Dec 15, 2015 5:55 PM GMT
    Better yet: screen ALL your calls! No need to talk to anyone unless YOU want to!
  • tazzari

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    Dec 15, 2015 7:14 PM GMT
    I just got my first scam call! It seems the IRS was about to sue me for "more information on this case" and would I call such and such a number IMMEDIATELY! I ran the number on the internet and found dozens of posts about the scam. One person had called the number and been unable to understand the "IRS agent" because of the strong Indian accent. When he told them he thought it was a scam, the hung up. Classy scam!

    Note: Government agencies will NEVER call you: they always contact you via mail. Unless of course, they surround the house and burst in. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 15, 2015 9:26 PM GMT
    MGINSD saidBetter yet: screen ALL your calls! No need to talk to anyone unless YOU want to!


    +1
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    Dec 15, 2015 9:40 PM GMT
    If the calls are coming in on your android phone, try the free app named Mr Number.

    Does a very effective job of blocking these kind of calls with a hang up. You can also block all 800 type numbers as those are also at least telemarketers if not scammers.
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    Dec 15, 2015 9:55 PM GMT
    tazzari saidI just got my first scam call!

    I'm so glad I switched to Voipo for my land line. They provide you with a web page where (among many other things) you can see all of your call history, incoming and outgoing. And you can tick a box to block and say that a call was a telemarketer, scam, whatever. But it still shows those in your call history, but they have a duration of 0. I never tick the block box, I always click the box that says to give them an busy signal; I'd rather spin their wheels than block them.   icon_evil.gif
  • FRE0

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    Dec 16, 2015 12:38 AM GMT
    From the linked-to article:

    "The ruse known as the IRS scam takes on a vicious new twist with a grinch on the phone threatening an elder with being arrested and spending the holidays in jail for unpaid taxes or a fake debt."

    Unfortunately, the IRS itself can be just as bad.

    Some years ago I received a computer-printed letter from the IRS asserting that I owned something like $10K in taxes. Actually, I owed nothing, as confirmed by my accountant, but the IRS ignored my letter explaining that I owed nothing. The IRS continued to send me ever more threatening letters and ignored all my responses. When the IRS threatened to garnish my salary and attach my bank account, I contacted the office of my senator and someone on my senator's staff took care of the problem.

    So, be aware that the IRS can be just as problematic as the scammers referred to in the article.
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    Dec 16, 2015 3:39 AM GMT
    tazzari saidI just got my first scam call! It seems the IRS was about to sue me for "more information on this case" and would I call such and such a number IMMEDIATELY! I ran the number on the internet and found dozens of posts about the scam. One person had called the number and been unable to understand the "IRS agent" because of the strong Indian accent. When he told them he thought it was a scam, the hung up. Classy scam!

    Note: Government agencies will NEVER call you: they always contact you via mail. Unless of course, they surround the house and burst in. icon_smile.gif


    +1, I got this as well and ignored it, they called TWICE trying for me to call back since they had left two messages. I ignored it in view of the news and also I had heard similar stories last year from my CPA.
  • oldfart

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    Dec 16, 2015 7:58 PM GMT
    The IRS scam? I'm a CPA and the idiots tried it on me.

    But the IRS did goof up my own return last year. Dropped a line and moved everything up one, with - uh - taxing consequences.

    Remember, you're dealing with an automaton. Don't freak out. Give it a reply it can process. I just refiled the same thing and it went through correctly the second time. Prob solved.

    And remember what Tazz said: They don't call. They MAIL. (Unless you see an assault vehicle outside.)
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    Dec 16, 2015 9:42 PM GMT
    let unknown calls goto voice mail.

    change your phone & credit card#'s once a year.

    Get a PO Box#; usps now allows you to address your po box as 1234 Main St. suite 5678 where suite 5678 = the box#
    change the box# once a year.

    use a low level vpn service maybe Hide My Ass

    whatever
  • Import

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    Dec 17, 2015 12:11 AM GMT
    pellaz saidlet unknown calls goto voice mail.

    change your phone & credit card#'s once a year.

    Get a PO Box#; usps now allows you to address your po box as 1234 Main St. suite 5678 where suite 5678 = the box#
    change the box# once a year.

    use a low level vpn service maybe Hide My Ass

    whatever

    Do u know how fucking annoying that would be?

    I'd rather just be scammed.