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IRS To Turn Over Tax Collection Accounts to Private Collection Agencies – Watch Out for Scammers, Though!

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The IRS recently announced that, beginning this month, the tax agency will be assigning certain unpaid tax accounts to private collection agencies. The IRS will retain and continue to collect most unpaid taxes. The IRS has...more

Privacy Tip #134 – Question: How are Online Quizzes Beneficial to Me?

Many readers know that it would be a cold day in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks (Go Bruins!) that I have in the past or ever in the future will take an online quiz. Why on earth would anyone do that? ...more

Be on the Lookout for New Medicare Cards (and New Card-Related Scams)

The federal government is issuing new Medicare cards to all Medicare beneficiaries. To prevent fraud and fight identity theft, the new cards will no longer have beneficiaries' Social Security numbers on them....more

Privacy Tip #132 – Social Security Fraud

As our readers know, I am particularly interested in protecting our seniors from fraud. They continue to be a vulnerable population and unfortunately, here is another scam that makes me mad: social security fraud....more

Privacy Tip #131 – Bryant University Women’s Summit Follow-Up

I was so honored to be a presenter at the Bryant Women’s Summit last week. It is always an incredible event and I enjoy attending every year. ...more

Falsely Padding Deductions Garners Eighth Spot On IRS “Dirty Dozen” For 2018

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As part of its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, the Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers to avoid falsely inflating deductions or expenses on tax returns. Common areas targeted by unscrupulous tax preparers...more

Take the Test: Will You Fall Prey to Phishing? 6 Tips to Identifying an Email Scam

by McManis Faulkner on

Email is the driving force of communication. Lawyers often receive over 100 emails a day. It can be easy to overlook potential scams hidden in your inbox. Hopefully, your firm has the proper security protocols in place:...more

FTC Makes Moves to Protect Senior Citizens

In an effort to protect older consumers, the Federal Trade Commission filed a pair of actions challenging sweepstakes and tech scams....more

Improper Claims For Business Credits Rank Seventh On IRS “Dirty Dozen” List For 2018

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has warned taxpayers to avoid making improper claims for business credits, a common scam used by unscrupulous tax preparers. Two common credits targeted for abuse include the research credit and...more

Falsely Inflated Refunds Ranks Sixth On IRS “Dirty Dozen” For 2018

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has warned taxpayers to be alert to unscrupulous return preparers touting inflated tax refunds. According to the IRS, these scam artists frequently prey on older Americans, low-income taxpayers,...more

Cyber Alert - Social Engineering Fraud

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Risk Management Question: How can lawyers identify and avoid increasingly common social engineering scams?...more

Privacy Perils: National Consumer Protection Week Fraud Reminders

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has designated this week as National Consumer Protection Week, and has issued a report on the top frauds reported during 2017. Highlights from the report are as follows... ...more

Fake Charities Garner Fifth Spot On IRS “Dirty Dozen” For 2018

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers against scam groups masquerading as charitable organizations, luring people to make donations to groups or causes that don’t actually qualify for a tax deduction. These...more

Privacy Tip #129 – As New Medicare Cards are Issued: Beware of Scams

This writer has been lamenting for years about the fact that Medicare recipients’ Social Security numbers are included on the face of the card. This is an unnecessary risk posed to Medicare recipients, which are primarily...more

UK Payment Systems Regulator To Proceed With Plans To Reimburse Payment Scam Victims

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.K. Payment Systems Regulator has published the outcome of the consultation it launched in November 2017 on a contingent reimbursement model for the victims of so-called “authorized push payment” scams. That...more

IRS Unveils Second “Dirty Dozen” Scheme: Phone Scams Where Criminals Pose As IRS Agents

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Today the Internal Revenue Service announced the second entry on its annual “dirty dozen” list of the tax schemes most commonly encountered by taxpayers during tax filing season. The IRS said that aggressive phone scams where...more

FTC Halts Mortgage Loan Modification Scam

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put a stop to a mortgage loan modification operation, filing suit in Nevada federal court alleging violations of the Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule and the FTC Act....more

Closing Attorney Scams: Avoiding Fraudulent Wire Transfers

by Baker Donelson on

As we move into the busy spring real estate cycle, criminals are targeting real estate agents and closing attorneys with increasing frequency. The scam begins with what appears to be a legitimate email from a party involved...more

FTC Refunds Victims of Tech Support Scam

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) mailed over $668,000 in the form of 3,791 refund checks to victims of a tech support scam last month. In July 2016, the FTC and the state of Florida alleged Big Dog Solutions LLC (doing...more

How Corporations Can Stay Vigilant Against Online Banking Fraud – Lessons from Recent Court Judgments

by Morgan Lewis on

Due to the general flexibility granted to banks by their standard account opening terms, corporate victims of online banking frauds often face substantial hurdles in court in their attempts to recover the sums lost from the...more

FTC Accuses Student Loan Debt Relief Operation of Deceiving Consumers

by Goodwin on

?On February 7, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced an enforcement action against a student loan debt relief operation, claiming it deceived consumers out of $28 million by falsely promising that their...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - February 2018

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. notified its electronic medical record customers last week that a ransomware attack was behind the disruption of service for medical providers. Please see full Publication below for...more

Business Litigation Alert: "SEC Cracking Down on Cryptocurrency Scams"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

Cryptocurrency (e.g. Bitcoin) seems to be in the news on practically a daily basis, with people racing to get in on the latest investment trend and companies investigating how to best incorporate cryptocurrency and block...more

Privacy Tip #124 – FTC Alerts Consumers to Social Security Administration Scammers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a scam alert this week notifying consumers that it has received an up-tick in complaints that scammers are calling consumers claiming they are from the Social Security Administration....more

FTC Wins Default Judgment Against Prize Scam Defendants

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put an end to a phony prize scam with a default judgment entered by a California federal court judge in a case that was part of an international law enforcement initiative against mass-mail...more

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