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IRS Watchdog: Impostor Phone Scam Largest Ever

Posted on 03/21/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsFrom its infancy several months ago, this was no typical telephone scam “phishing” for personal information. These crooks, posing as IRS agents, already had some of it — including the last four digits of the Social Security number of those whom they called. And perhaps that explains, at least in part, why it’s since grown to become the “the largest scam of its kind we have ever seen,” the IRS inspector general said Thursday. At least 20,000 taxpayers have been contacted …

Beware of Grandparents Scam…Again

Posted on 07/19/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsSummer is prime time for scammers to come knocking at your front door — from home repair hucksters to magazine-selling malefactors. But being the height of travel season, the Better Business Bureau warns, it’s also ripe for the “Family Emergency Scam” — also known as the “Grandparent Scam,” named for its primary targets … and victims. In this ruse, scammers posing as family members — typically grandchildren —  telephone you claiming to have been arrested or hurt while traveling abroad. …