August 23, 2016
Impostor scams-including tax related cons in which criminals pose as IRS agents to get money or personal information out of victims are the fastest growing threat to consumers today. This is according to a new survey from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators. “if someone calls or emails you unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS, your utility company, a tech support company, or even your employer, don’t assume that it’s true,” said Susan Grant, CFA director of consumer protection and privacy. Grant warns consumers to be especially wary if someone demands money and asks you to pay with a prepaid or gift card. Those are increasingly popular because crooks can get their money in a hurry and in a way that cannot be traced.