This video is courtesy of ABC News. References to IRS can be replaced with CRA. The top consumer scams to watch for in 2017 will know no geographical boundaries.
Top Consumer Scams To Watch For In 2017: Introduction
Consumer experts are already predicting the rip-offs and top consumer scams to watch for in 2017. Our video and blog shows you what new scams to watch out for this year or new twists put on some old scams tricking you out of your money.
Top Consumer Scams To Watch For In 2017: The IRS/CRA Scam
Polk county resident Sherry Gordy fell for the number one rip off in the United States. They said they were with the IRS and that I owed $2,773.00 dollars in back taxes. So far the IRS scheme cost Sherry and thousands of other Americans more than $30 million dollars.
Most now know that the IRS and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will issue a statement showing the amount of tax owing, by year, but will never first contact a taxpayer by calling on the telephone. So this year, look for phony letters notifying people they owe taxes. I just can’t believe people still fall for this scam. It may be the biggest scams to watch for in 2017.
Top Consumer Scams To Watch For In 2017: The Computer Virus and Jury Duty Scams
Consumer experts predict that bogus notices involving a virus on your computer and missing jury duty will make the rounds this year.
The computer virus scam is not a new one, but people fall for it. This is how it works. You receive a phone call from someone pretending to be from your internet service provider, advising you that they have noticed irregular traffic, irregular internet connectivity and a potential virus from your computer. They ask you to go to your computer, put in certain keystrokes, and “test” your internet service by providing key details of your computer and its passwords. People who fall for this don’t realize that the scammers are asking you for your IP address, and then passwords, so that they can after the call hack your system and use your passwords for their criminal activities such as hacking bank accounts or stealing your identity.
The jury duty notice trick, sent mainly to business owners, will make the rounds in 2017. This is how this scam works. The business owner receives an official looking notice using a lot of legal terms. The warrant advises that you failed to show up for the jury duty selection. The scammers hope that the business owner thinks that they must have misplaced the original jury duty notice, which of course, was never sent.
The warrant goes on to say that the person can avoid further fines and prosecution, by paying a certain amount of money now. People are paying and of course it’s a scam.
Top Consumer Scams To Watch For In 2017: What Do Consumer Protection Experts Advise?
Consumer protection experts recommend that anytime you’re hit with an unsolicited call, email or letter, look up the real number for the agency they claim to be with. Then call the real agency to find if what you received was a real communication or a bogus one.
Consumer protection experts also recommend that if you are online checking your bank accounts, or other sites that contain your personal information or money, make sure you have plugged in the right web address. The bad guys have purchased domain names with common typos and have made them look like the real websites they are impersonating. They have done so with the hopes that you’ll accidentally put in your login information and they’ll gain access to your account.
Also be on the lookout for smarter phishing scams. The bogus emails that look like</font> they’re coming from your bank credit card or utility company. Instead of clicking on the link, open a new browser and go directly to the real website.
Top Consumer Scams To Watch For In 2017: Been Scammed and Now Can’t Pay Your Bills?
There are many scammers who think nothing of bilking innocent people out of their money. In extreme cases, you might be left without enough money to pay your bills. Your debts are now too much for you to handle, and you will never be able to recoup the money you have lost.
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