Filers beware the latest tax season scams

February 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 17, 2015

As you prepare for another tax season, the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington, along with several federal agencies, is reminding you to beware of scams and identity theft.

According to the Internal Revenue Service and BBB investigators, an aggressive and sophisticated phone scam continues to run rampant. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, using fake names and bogus identification badge numbers.

Victims are told they owe money and must pay through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses, the scammers threaten with arrest, deportation or suspension of a driver’s license.

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March 2-8 is Consumer Protection Week

March 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 4, 2014

The Better Business Bureau and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office are partnering up for National Consumer Protection Week, March 2-8.

Both agencies are committed to providing Washingtonians with tools to protect themselves against growing scams and helping people make better purchasing decisions.

“National Consumer Protection Week is a coordinated campaign where consumers can take advantage of useful information to help them make better-informed decisions,” Tyler Andrew, CEO of the BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington, said in a news release.

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Better Business Bureau alerts consumers to phone scams

September 1, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 1, 2010

Beware of scammers attempting to collect credit card information and personal identification numbers.

The warning to Washington residents came from the Better Business Bureau, after Olympia and Lacey residents reported suspicious phone calls from unknown callers attempting to collect the sensitive data under the guise of verification purposes.

The callers identify Evergreen as the business name. The calls appear to originate at 502-568-8884, but the caller has spoofed the number on caller ID to match a phone number that belongs to a legitimate, Kentucky-based business: The Zoppoth Law Firm.

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Beware of home alarm sales scams

August 3, 2010

Issaquah police warned residents to be alert for door-to-door salespeople aggressively pushing security alarm systems. The salespeople might be targeting senior citizens.

Police said out-of-state companies brought a sales force into the community in past years. The salespeople might misrepresent themselves as representatives from the homeowner’s alarm company, or use another brand name, such as Honeywell or GE Security.

The solicitors might also claim to be selling a new and better product, or claim to fix a problem with the existing alarm system.

The salespeople might attempt to confuse the homeowner into signing a new contract or into making payments to a different company. Though the team might offer a no-cost installation, high monthly fees might follow.

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Issaquah police alert residents to security alarm scams

July 31, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. July 31, 2010

Issaquah police warned residents to be alert for door-to-door salespeople aggressively pushing security alarm systems. The salespeople might be targeting senior citizens.

Police said out-of-state companies brought a sales force into the community in past years. The salespeople might misrepresent themselves as representatives from the homeowner’s alarm company, or use another brand name, such as Honeywell or GE Security.

The solicitors might also claim to be selling a new and better product, or claim to fix a problem with the existing alarm system.

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