Identity Theft & Financial Fraud
updated 03/31/14
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IRS Releases the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014; Identity Theft, Phone Scams Lead List - IR-2014-16, Feb. 19, 2014. The following are the Dirty Dozen tax scams for 2014: 1- Identity Theft; 2- Pervasive Telephone Scams; 3- Phishing; 4- False Promises of “Free Money” from Inflated Refunds; 5- Return Preparer Fraud; 6- Hiding Income Offshore; 7- Impersonation of Charitable Organizations; 8- False Income, Expenses or Exemptions; 9- Frivolous Arguments; 10- Falsely Claiming Zero Wages or Using False Form 1099; 11- Abusive Tax Structures; 12- Misuse of Trusts... see article (bottom right) below for more information...

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"Your personal information is a valuable commodity. It’s not only the key to your financial identity, but also to your online identity. Knowing how to protect your information — and your identity — is a must in the 21st century. Here are some tips to doing it effectively."

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Fake Checks
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This website was created by the National Consumers League (NCL), the nation's oldest nonprofit consumer organization, as a central source of information and advice about fake check scams. NCL created the site in collaboration with the Alliance for Consumer Fraud Awareness, a coalition of consumer and business organizations, government agencies and companies that are committed to fighting fake check scams

IRS Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft

The Internal Revenue Service has issued several recent consumer warnings on the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scamsters trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity and assets. When identity theft takes place over the Internet, it is called phishing.


IRS Releases the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014;
Identity Theft, Phone Scams Lead List

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud.

The Dirty Dozen listing, compiled by the IRS each year, lists a variety of common scams taxpayers can encounter at any point during the year. But many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns.  IR-2014-16, Feb. 19, 2014




Phishing / Vishing / Smishing
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