Latest scams - 2020


Olde Hornet

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That letter from the IRS could be a fake. Watch out for this tax scam and others in 2020


Most of us find it nerve-racking enough that we're forced to focus on gathering our piles of paperwork to fill out our tax returns.

Now adding to our stress, we must watch out for tax season scam artists, too. The crooks are everywhere from the gym parking lot to the latest emails and text messages.

A new trend: Expect an increase in ransomware attacks in 2020 on tax preparers where time-sensitive files may be frozen and only thawed when tax preparers pay a ransom to the hackers, according to Adam Levin, founder of CyberScout, which offers identity theft protection and data security.

Levin said sometimes a ransom is paid, the files are released and the hackers still use data that has been stolen to file false tax returns.
 

Olde Hornet

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FedEx text scam alert: Don't fall for delivery notifications texts claiming to be from FedEx


FedEx is warning consumers not to fall for a new scam that tries to trick them into opening a text or an email about the status of a delivery.

People across the country are receiving texts and emails that appear to be from FedEx alerting them to a package. The messages contain a "tracking code" and a link to set "delivery preferences." Some people are getting texts with their names and others are addressed to "hey dude."

According to HowToGeek.com, the link sends people to a fake Amazon satisfaction survey. After answering some questions, you are asked for a credit card number to claim a free product.

FedEx says the text messages and emails are not legit.
 
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