Beware of emerging phone scam involving claims concerning certified mail

After reports in recent years of a series of scams targeting taxpayers, con artists have upped their game in a way to make their scams appear more legitimate. The IRS reported this month that there is a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters claim that the IRS had […]

Small businesses are a rich target for scams

Some of these scams have been around for a long time, but bear repeating. Here, courtesy of AARP, are some of the most common ploys targeting small- and medium-sized businesses: Phishing emails: Schemers will take names and titles of executives from LinkedIn or corporate websites to spoof internal messages where they pose as the CEO […]

Delete and ask later: Phishing scams on the rise

We have recently noticed a large number of phishing emails targeting businesses and individuals. These fraudulent emails come across as an unknown vendor or service sending an invoice, or contain a warning of some kind containing either a link to an infected site or an infected file they want you to download. These emails can […]

Beware of scams that target the elderly

A sad reality with a rapidly aging population, spurred by the Baby Boom generation, is the rise in instances of elder abuse and exploitation. Con artists come in many forms, and perhaps the most nefarious are those who present themselves as caring for the best interest of the most vulnerable. According to a Nov. 3 […]

What to know when verifying your ID with the IRS

If the IRS needs to contact you regarding concerns about identity theft or if you have filed a report that your identity has been stolen, there are a few things you need to know. Most importantly, if the IRS needs to verify your identity, it will send you a 5071C letter. You’ll need to have your […]