Can you hear me?'Pause before speaking if a caller starts by asking, 'Can you hear me?' Scammers are looking for a specific answer, says Eva Velasquez, CEO and president of Identity Theft Resource Center. 'By getting you to answer ‘yes’ to that one question at the very beginning of the call—as opposed to somewhere in the middle of the conversation, where dubbing would be more obvious
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department charged 61 people and entities on Thursday with swindling more than $300 million by posing as federal agents in a phone scam spanning three years.
An entertainment and sports business manager admitted in court documents filed Wednesday to having embezzled over $6.5 million from Alanis Morissette and other celebrities, according to a statement from a California U.S. Attorney’s office.
Leave it to our friends in Washington to take a bad situation and make it worse. I’ve written about tax-related crime for years, and have always offered this fail-safe rule to avoid tax scams: If you ever receive a call from the IRS about back taxes or any other money you supposedly owe the government, hang up because it’s a scam.