A few weeks ago we asked our readers to send us tales of scams that they had experienced or heard about. We were pretty amazed at the response. Thanks for sending all these in.
If you would, please send this along to your friends so that they can be warned too.
The Jewelry Scam From Shirley:
“I have one for you. I received a postcard telling me I would be given Necklace worth $50 for FREE and all I would have to do is pay the $8.95 shipping cost. I was to call a phone number to get the information. When I called I was told it was from a jeweler who considered me a good customer and described the necklace as Pearl with real red gems on it. I as to give them a credit card # to pay the shipping. This raised a red flag in me. They would accept a check if I gave my check bank number to them, I asked to give the money direct to the jeweler and they wouldn’t name the jeweler. So I told them I wasn’t interested under those conditions. Then I emailed two jewelers I had purchased some jewelry from: Stauer, and Natures Jewelry and asked if they were the ones who made the offer. Both emailed right back and said they never do business that way. Here is the front and back of the postcard. I don’t know who sent it, but it must be those at the phone number I was to call. You might want to look into it as I’m certain many more people got that postcard and taken in by it.”
The IRS Scam from Dan:
“Yes, Chris, I have been scammed somehow. I received a notice from the IRS that my refund could not be direct deposited so my refund would be mailed within the next 4-6 weeks. One problem, though; I have not yet filed my 2013 returns! All the IRS will tell me is that a return has been filed utilizing my name and SSN so I now have to jump through all sorts of hoops and will have to file a paper return, waiting up to 6 months for any refund that might be due me. According to them, this could also affect my future filings.”
The Paypal Scam from Margaret:
“A couple of years ago I was hacked and called the Yahoo number I found on line. I do not know who answered but I paid $300 dollars for 5 years of security. The payment went through Pay Pal. I later found out that the payment did not go to Yahoo but to an unknown party and needless to say my e-mail was not protected. I changed carriers but lost out on the money.”
The Bank of America Scam from Rich:
“Received email from Bank of America a few days ago requesting information because my Bank of America Visa Card may have been compromised by someone . It stated, If I don’t fill out the information my charge card would be be cancelled as of a date. The information they wanted was my; name. dob and password. No mistakes on the email, it was very professional, looked official, the logo was 100 % and no missed spelled words.
Another IRS Scam from Steve:
“Steve Bryant here. I enjoy your newsletter! I think I may have come across a new scam or something of a twist on old theme. On March 24, 2014, I received a CP53 Notice from the IRS concerning my 2013 1040. The notice indicates that my refund check will be mailed to me since my financial institution rejected the direct deposit request. The notice was post datedApril 7, 2014. The interesting issue here is that I HAVE NOT FILEd MY TAXES for 2013 at this point. I am in the process of researching the problem but I figured I would pass it by you in hopes you may be able to shed more light and post it in your newsletter.”
Do you have one? Leave it in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by….