February 24, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS—A new scam has emerged, targeting unsuspecting individuals and tricking them into giving up their personal information. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warns that this latest scam arrives in a cardboard envelope, either to your mailbox or front door. The envelope contains a letter with the IRS logo and language about an “unclaimed refund.” However, this is just a ploy to lure victims into providing sensitive financial information.

The letter, which comes in a poorly designed format with numerous grammatical errors, asks recipients to provide “filing information” in order to claim their refund. It also includes a fake number to call for assistance. But instead of reaching the IRS, the call goes straight to the scammers who are looking to collect personal information like Social Security numbers, bank routing information, and cellphone numbers.

Stacy Engle, an IRS spokesperson based in Indianapolis, warns that the scammers are also requesting unusual items like a photo of your driver’s license or a photo of your phone. These are things that the IRS would never ask for. The letter also contains other mistakes, such as claiming that the tax filing deadline is October 17, when in fact, it is October 16 for those who have filed an extension.

To make the scam seem more legitimate, the letter may include awkwardly worded requests, such as:

· “A Clear Phone of Your Driver’s License That Clearly Displays All Four (4) Angles, Taken in a Place with Good Lighting.”

· “(You’ll Need to Get This to Get Your Refunds After Filing. These Must Be Given to a Filing Agent Who Will Help You Submit Your Unclaimed Property Claim. Once You Send All The Information Please Try to Be Checking…”

The IRS advises anyone who receives such a letter to not respond or provide any information. Instead, they should report it to the IRS and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

This is not the only scam making headlines recently. In a separate incident, Malayalam actor Rahul Rajasekharan brought attention to an investment scam that has been targeting individuals in India. The scam promises high returns on investments, but in reality, it is a fraudulent scheme that has caused many people to lose their hard-earned money.

In the United States, Senator Bob Casey has urged the IRS to address large tax bills for victims of scams. Many individuals who have fallen victim to scams end up owing large amounts of money to the IRS due to the fraudulent activities of the scammers.

Another scam that has been making waves is the alleged $191 million beef Ponzi scheme involving cattlemen. The scheme promised high returns on investments in the beef industry, but it turned out to be a fraudulent scheme that caused significant financial losses for many individuals.

It is essential to be cautious and vigilant when it comes to online scams. Always verify the legitimacy of any offers or requests for personal information before providing any details. If you suspect that someone at your job is involved in a major scam, report it to the authorities immediately. Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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