“Phishing” is when a malicious person or company impersonates a legitimate one in order to trick you into giving out your personal information, such as credit card numbers, passwords, social security numbers, etc.
Our weather has been quite damaging at times here on the home front with the winds, as well as across the United States. Several have suffered damages as a result of tornadoes, flooding and fires. We have now added hurricane season to the list, a high number of which have been predicted for the year 2011.
Wacky weather has been quite the issue all winter long. With the high winds wrecking havoc on our roof, fences, etc., repairs are now necessary.
Our office has received several complaints from Colorado business owners about a letter that they received over the weekend from “Corporate Controllers Unit LLC”. These letters look official and even include a seal, which some may misinterpret as a State of Colorado seal.
Tax season is upon us and this is a time to be especially cautious with your personal identifying information. Tax season is a prime time to give an identity thief an opportunity. Your tax documents contain every bit of information that they want, name and address, date of birth, social security number, and now with the benefit of direct deposits for your refund, they can also include your bank account and routing number. This is enough information for the thief to drain your bank account and to set up credit to ruin your good name.
History of these type of scams trace back to the young gypsy girls flirting, flattering, befriending and defrauding the elderly males. Nowadays, this scam is not gender specific, nor is it age limited.
The scams over the years seem to be ones that replay themselves over and over, almost on a rotating basis: illegal foreign lotteries, gypsy/traveler home repairs, magazine sales, refinancing loans, people portraying themselves as debt collectors, fraudulent charities and grandparent scams that play on your emotions and sympathy. The one scam that seems to be prevalent every day though is still identity theft, which according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) still ranks as the number one complaint reported in 2009 and affected 278,078 victims.