Red flags to look for amid tax scam season
According to the Better Business Bureau, tax scams are still a problem this year. If you haven’t filed your taxes yet this season, don’t put it off any longer! The IRS discovers cases of identity theft because personal information is stolen and a fake claim for a refund is filed. “The IRS is not going to contact you and give you those high pressure tactics,” Blankenship said. “There are unfortunately people out there that they’re banking on the fact that you’re not going to look into them any further, especially if they look professional,” Blankenship said.
Metro Detroit woman warns others after falling victim to elaborate pet purchasing scam
DETROIT – A Metro Detroit woman is bringing attention to pet purchasing scams after she was scammed out of her own money. READ: Scammers using coronavirus to prey on grandparents, prospective pet ownersWhen Cindy Riggen saw a boxer puppy online, she fell in love. She spotted the dog being offered by a breeder in North Carolina and arranged to buy the dog. AdThe Better Business Bureau has seen a huge spike in pet scams like that one. READ: Metro Detroit woman scammed out of thousands of dollars when she tries to buy puppy online
Scammers target those seeking COVID vaccinations at Ford Field
DETROIT – Many people are eager to receive the COVID vaccine at Ford Field and scammers are taking advantage of that interest. The scammers are often after personal information. The thieves are requesting personal information to schedule a fake appointment. READ: Registration for COVID-19 vaccine at Ford Field now open -- How to registerScammers remain focused on taking advantage of the ongoing pandemic to gain access to your personal information. Michigan Attorney GeneralREAD: Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phases
Experts warn of scams involving prepaid gift cards
The caller said all he had to do was buy $480 in eBay gift cards. Prepaid gift cards are being requested in several different types of scams, including government employee impersonation scams, secret shopper scams and puppy scams. The Better Business Bureau scam tracker showed that Americans lost nearly $3 million involving payments with prepaid gift cards in 2020. “Whenever you purchase a prepaid gift card, unfortunately it’s just like cash, you can’t get that money back,” Blankenship said. Click here for more information on prepaid gift card scams.
‘These guys are fake’: DEA will never call and demand personal, financial information
These are lies and scammers are just trying to get your personal information. “These extortionists call people up and pretend to be DEA agents and we just want to get the word out that these guys are fake.”Scammers claim to be with the DEA and ask for personal information such as identifying information or financial information. And they call people, and pretend to be DEA agents and try to get personal information from them. Whether it’s credit card information or social security number or even bank account information,” McNeal said. “I’ve seen upwards of $12,000 that people have fallen victim to and they will take it in any form if they can convince you to give them an Amazon gift card or Google Play gift card, or an iTunes gift card.
IRS scam; Volkswagen accused of deleting emissions documents: #CBSNBusiness headlines
Scammers are cold-calling citizens saying they're the IRS; a former Volkswagen employee claims the company obstructed justice; and Airbnb is accommodating angry neighbors.Those headlines and more from CBS MoneyWatch's Hena Daniels at the New York Stock Exchange.cbsnews.com