Consumer Scam Report—Making The Web A Safer Place

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Have you been scammed recently or become a victim of an online fraud? You are one of the thousands of web users who, despite liberal warnings issued on the net, still fail to recognize a scam. Consumer Scam Report online is a site designed to help victims like you reports these instances to the online community so that everyone is alerted to the existence of such online scams.

The objective of Consumer Scam Report online is to alert not only the online community but also the regulatory authorities about the possibility of scammers striking again at unsuspecting victims. It is important to report your experiences so that others do not face the same fate as you because online scammers usually use the same modus operandi a few times before switching plans.

Most of us fall for scams because they look like they are in our best interests. We usually respond quickly when we are asked for our bank account details and secured information when told that it is to ensure their security. Scammers could make great psychologists because they can read our minds like a book and know exactly how we will respond on impulse.

It is important to educate the online community about the newer methods and strategies adopted by scammers to reach your account or to gyp money from you. Consumer Scam Report is the forum that allows victims to report such instances and alert others to the presence of scammers. Web users must realize that the simple way to avoid getting gypped is to stop sharing personal information online. Never provide credit card numbers or social security numbers as reference for an account or to create a security system as no legitimate organization will ever ask for these details.

Consumer Scam Report is the best site to report and learn about online scams and how to avoid them in the future. Visit us to know how we can help you use the web in a better, more secure manner.

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Existing Home Sales Rise Sharply and Encourage Custom Remodels, Tip Sheet By Chris Bidwell

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Existing Home Sales Rise Sharply and Encourage Custom Remodels, Tip Sheet By Chris Bidwell










Golden, Colorado (PRWEB) August 31, 2013

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing-home sales increased strongly in July 2013, renewing a desire for custom home remodels, reports Chris Bidwell.

Chris Bidwell, a general contractor with more than 25 years of experience, specializes in home remodels and custom cabinets for the individual homeowner. Service area is Golden, Colorado and surrounding cities. Website is http://www.GoldenCarpenter.com.

While existing-home sales rose, the percentage of distressed homes sold, including foreclosures and short sales, remained steady at 15 percent.

With an increase overall in existing-home sales, including an average discounted rate of 16 percent below market value for foreclosures, people are turning to General Contractors to remodel both before and after home sales.

One of the most common remodel requests is custom kitchen cabinetry, especially for homes sold as short sales and foreclosures.

In order to avoid some of the most common scams in the general contractor industry, here are 5 Tips to Hiring a General Contractor to Build Your Custom Cabinets:

1. Ask questions upfront: You have the right to understand exactly what to expect before, during, and after construction so write up a list of questions to ask beforehand including what kind of experience does the contractor have, who is responsible for getting the building permits, where are the cabinets going to be assembled, and what types of payment are accepted?

2. Ask for proof of licensing and insurance. A professional general contractor will often volunteer to show you documentation before you ask. It’s a big red flag if the potential contractor in unable or unwilling to produce these documents.

3. Get a written bid and contract: Always ask for a bid in writing and obtain a written contract that includes, along with the terms specified in the original bid, itemized pricing, payment terms, permit fees, the scope of work to be performed, start and end dates, and final review and sign-off procedures. Make sure you look it over carefully and ask for clarification where needed before signing.

4. Get specific about materials: Ask the contractor exactly what materials will be used including hardware, finishes, doors, and drawers. Make sure that this is detailed out in the contract.

5. Determine whether or not installation is included: This one sounds like it should be a non-issue but you should not assume that a bid includes installation. If it is not clearly spelled out in the bid, be sure to ask for a detailed explanation of what you can expect from start to finish and make sure the terms are included in the final contract.

For 25 years Chris Bidwell has built a solid reputation as a general contractor in Golden, Colorado and the surrounding area. He has specialized expertise in historical homes. His own house is an officially listed historic structure. Chris Bidwell markets his services on the internet at http://www.GoldenCarpenter.com. For more information or for an estimate call 303-746-4128 or visit http://www.GoldenCarpenter.com.
























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Detective Agency Glasgow Urge for More Caution and Awareness of Fraudsters and Scammers

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Detective Agency Glasgow Urge for More Caution and Awareness of Fraudsters and Scammers











(PRWEB UK) 27 January 2014

The Telegraph article dated 16th Jan 2014: 10 scams to watch out for in 2014, advises that, if you are on the hunt for Rugby World Cup tickets or receive a suspicious email from Royal Mail, beware. They involve two of many common financial scams that have the simple aim of separating you from your money, regardless of the distress it may cause.

The Telegraph article goes on to say that many scams are old tricks – but updated with new twists or technology. Other cons have emerged in response to better detection and policing. Financial Fraud Action UK says fraudsters are targeting consumers directly through ”deception” crimes – where they try to dupe people into parting with information – because the security features on payment cards have improved.

In the Telegraph article dated 16th Jan 2014, fans are being advised to purchase tickets and packages only from the official Rugby World Cup 2015 site, rather than secondary agents. The article suggests that if tickets are not bought through the official channels there could be fraudulent activity. Other scams include vishing, in which a swindler calls a consumer pretending to be either their bank or the police, and says that the consumer’s card has been compromised, persuading the victim to transfer funds, withdraw money or reveal security information, graphene scam, PBX phone fraud, auction sites, phishing and others.

Detective Agency Glasgow (http://www.detectiveagency-glasgow.co.uk) agrees with the points made in the article by The Telegraph, and urges the people to be more cautious and aware of a growing number of fraudsters and scammers, which are much closer and more common than you might think.

Chief Investigator Clare Wright says:

“Fraudsters are good at abusing the trust of others and exploiting it for their own personal, or to be more specific, financial, gain. There is not much our agency can do in terms of prevention of such frauds, except raise the level of awareness among our potential clients.”

When the unfortunate happens, becoming a victim of some sort of scam, Detective Agency Glasgow is here to help with skilled and versatile private detectives. Investigators will do everything to locate the frauds and bring them to justice, and hopefully get the money back. Detective Agency Glasgow employs several strategies in location of the fraudsters, such as surveillance, tracking, asset tracing, and many more. Time is of the essence, and calling on time maximizes the chances of catching the criminals.

Commenting on the subject Clare Wright, chief investigator at Detective Agency Glasgow expresses concern with the growing number of fraudsters and scammers in all areas of life, which have gotten very skillful and downright ingenious in some cases, and they often use high technology to achieve their goal. But, most of all, they are good at manipulating people. Detective Agency Glasgow is here to help, and to bring criminals to justice contact Clare Wright on. 0141 374 2018 or at clare(dot)wright(at)detectiveagency-glasgow(dot)co(dot)uk or visit her at

Detective Agency Glasgow

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New Book Exposes The Evil Truth About Gang Violence And Drug Warfare

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New Book Exposes The Evil Truth About Gang Violence And Drug Warfare











Goldsboro, NC (PRWEB) January 27, 2014

“A Lorton Prison Project” follows four friends that were arrested for a crime of robbery and encounters the Lorton Complex, as they embark upon journeys that extend far beyond what they could ever imagine. Jimmy Black Blango or J.B. is a bright, intuitively smart young man who grew up in the low-income housing projects of Washington, D.C. He lived in the Barry Farms Housing projects at the height of a glorified drug market and in the midst of a culture of the celebrated thug life, gang violence, and mob-style crime.

One day, J.B. got caught up in an operation clean sweep on the streets of Washington, D.C., and was sent down to Lorton to serve his time. From there, his status on the streets of Washington, D.C., were upgraded to include street credits (i.e., the status of lieutenant) for serving a stench at what was once called the most notorious prison on the East Coast, the Lorton Correctional Complex. Now that the prison was mandated by federal law to shut down, the criminal element on the outside decided to bring their drug enterprise on the inside. This in an effort to establish networks that reached beyond the District, and extended to all points targeted south. Yet due to the pending closure of the Lorton Complex and the greed amongst thieves, backstabbing gangbangers, cold-blooded killers, malicious cutthroat staffers, etc., caused the whole scam to blow up. At the end of the day, a nefarious culmination of unsavory conduct caused many elements of the Lorton Complex to suffer its unfortunate demise.

“A Lorton Prison Project” explores the widespread source of poverty and abandonment issues that wreaks havoc throughout the Afro-American community, leading youth to seek gang violence, drug warfare and prison as a source of manhood. It is a fast-paced, high octane, adrenalin filled drama that reviews the dynamics of a criminal justice system that is sorely broken with an array of profound illicit gang activities that becomes commonplace at the Lorton facilities. The story follows four friends that were arrested for a crime of robbery and encounters the Lorton Complex, as they embark upon journeys that extend far beyond what they could ever imagine.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author

Carolyn Williams has been blessed to work over 27 years in the prison system for both the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and the state of North Carolina Department of Corrections. Her career began in 1986 upon completion of her college studies in Chapel Hill. She is a product of the North Carolina public school system. She graduated from Kinston High School in 1981 and then, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She also completed some graduate studies at Central Michigan University in 2009.

A Lorton Prison Project* by Carolyn Williams

Publication Date: November 26, 2013

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Private Detectives Nottingham Provide Undercover Detectives

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Private Detectives Nottingham Provide Undercover Detectives











(PRWEB UK) 27 January 2014

According to the BBC report dated 13th Jan 2014: Birmingham fake money: Four jailed for £1.3m counterfeit scam, four men have been jailed for making more than £1.3m worth of counterfeit £10 notes. Brothers Amrit and Prem Karra were each sentenced to seven years for using their printing business in Hockley, Birmingham, to produce the forgeries. Rajiv Kumar and Yash Mahey were jailed for four years at Birmingham Crown Court for counterfeiting money between September 2011 and February 2012 (case number T20128017).

The court was told £1.27m worth of fake notes had been recovered by police. All four were found guilty of conspiring to counterfeit a currency note with the intention they or another would pass or tender it as genuine. Prem Karra, 43, from Brookhouse Road, Walsall, ran Karra Design and Print on Summer Lane with his brother Amrit Paul Karra, 45, of Broadway North, Walsall.

According to the article the court heard along with Rajiv Kumar, 40, of Clarkes Lane, West Bromwich, and Yash Paul Mahey, 46, from Granbrook Road, Handsworth, they used computers and machinery to make “high-quality counterfeit notes”. The men worked throughout the night to “avoid detection”, the court was told. The forgeries were found at businesses as far away as Kent and south Wales, during an investigation by the National Crime Agency. It said the fakes, some of which had their own unique serial numbers, were still being discovered by banks and retailers.

Private Detectives Nottingham (http://www.privatedetectives-nottingham.co.uk) has solved many fraud cases successfully to the satisfaction of our clients. Fraud requires private detectives to be excellent in different disciplines, and our private investigators are just that, but they also boast great track records in solving fraud cases. However, when it comes to cases as the one described in the article by The Telegraph, there is also the need for some classic detective work. In case the forgers and fraudsters operate within a closed-off, isolated system, it is hard for detectives or law enforcement agencies to gain access to that system. Therefore, Private Detectives Nottingham employs an effective tactic: placing an undercover detective inside the operation in order to gather information, evidence and the identities of the criminals. The undercover agent will be in regular contact with the rest of the team, which is on the outside, providing them with regular updates, and based on his conclusion, the right time to act and catch the forgers.

Private Detectives Nottingham chief investigator, Leon Jacklin, assures potential clients, “Our agency is more than capable and highly efficient when it comes to performing complex detective operations which involve placing an undercover detective amongst the fraudsters or forgers.”

This is a highly risky way of conducting an investigation, but it’s also the most effective, and private detectives placed on the case are very skilled, patient and experienced, in order to maximize the chance of success. Taking this particular as an example, private investigators would have been able to solve the case very soon, and the counterfeit notes would have been spread in a lesser capacity, or they wouldn’t have been spread at all, depending on the circumstances.

If you have suspicions of fraud or other criminal activity either at work or in the home please give Leon a call on 0115 772 2197 or send him an email at l(dot)jacklin(at)privatedetectives-nottingham(dot)co(dot)uk























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ForexMinute Now Offers Binary Options Brokers? Reviews of 2014

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ForexMinute Now Offers Binary Options Brokers’ Reviews of 2014











ForexMinute Now Offers Binary Options Brokers’ Reviews of 2014


London, UK (PRWEB) January 25, 2014

After a successful 2013, ForexMinute is now geared up to present its visitors and readers with the most genuine and the best binary options brokers’ reviews of 2014. The portal has announced to review the new brokers, as well the brokers it reviewed last year too. The reason for a re-review is speculated to be ForexMinute’s policy of updating traders about the current performance of binary brokers, despite the fact that they had received a bad or a good review before.

Speaking further about the portal’s policy is their spokesperson Mr. Jonathan Millet who first states: “Digital option trading has gradually become the most profitable investment choice among online traders, due to which many new traders are also finding their feet in the binary options territory. This has also given the opportunity to many binary options brokers to introduce their expertise to such novice traders, who likewise are looking for the best professional advices on their short term trades.”

He then adds: “Unfortunately, several binary brokers have lately found to have been involved in several digital options scams – creating an untrustworthy environment even for the best binary options trading brokers. Our sole concern here then is to offer our visitors the best broker for forex binary options reviews, with whom they can trade safely and earn maximum returns on their investments.”

With ForexMinute announcing to list the fresh and the most genuine binary options trading platform reviews, the traders can be ensured to have their first steps in the binary trading sector profitable by consulting the portal’s list.

About ForexMinute

ForexMinute, the world’s leading finance education portal, also offer traders with insightful and genuine binary options brokers’ reviews. The portal assist traders by providing them with an advanced and friendly trading experience by selecting the best binary brokers for them.

For more information, visit http://www.forexminute.com or call +1 800 758 5780.

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Craigs List Car Scam

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WALNUT CREEK (CBS 5) — Next time you sell a used car, you may want to want to ask the buyer to sign the title deed (pink slip) in your presence. That hadn’t…

ThreatMetrix Cites Cybersecurity Risks of Football?s ?Big Game? and the Sochi 2014 Winter Games

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ThreatMetrix Cites Cybersecurity Risks of Football’s “Big Game” and the Sochi 2014 Winter Games











San Jose, CA (PRWEB) January 30, 2014

ThreatMetrix™, the fastest-growing provider of context-based authentication and advanced Web fraud solutions, today announces several cybersecurity concerns associated with the upcoming major sporting events, football’s “big game” and the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. Both events pose significant risks for compromised Wi-Fi networks, ticketing scams and more.

Given increased spending during football’s “big game” and the 2014 Winter Games, these events serve as an opportunity for cybercriminals to target spectators and businesses for personal profit. The National Retail Federation predicts that 116 million U.S. consumers will spend up to $ 12.3 billion on products and services related to football’s “big game” and the 2014 Winter Games are the most expensive of any Winter or Summer Games in history, costing a total of $ 50 billion.

“Cybercriminals always go where the money is and the two major sporting events in the coming weeks are sure to be a goldmine for fraudulent activity,” said Andreas Baumhof, chief technology officer at ThreatMetrix. “As consumers make purchases and access information about football’s ‘big game’ and the 2014 Winter Games on more devices than ever before – including mobile devices, tablets and PCs, they must be vigilant of cybercrime risks and assure they only research and stream content from mainstream news sites or each event’s official website.”

Spectators Take Caution: Top Cybercrime Trends for Major Sporting Events

To protect against cybercrime risks associated with football’s “big game” and the 2014 Winter Games, ThreatMetrix has outlined several cybersecurity threats consumers and businesses must be aware of. These include:


    Compromised Wi-Fi Networks – For spectators attending the “big game” or 2014 Winter Games, there is an increased risk of shared Wi-Fi networks at the sporting venues being compromised by cybercriminals. For the Sochi Winter Games, a massive Wi-Fi network will support up to 30,000 attendees – including spectators, athletes, journalists and officials. Collectively, the Wi-Fi network expects to support up to 120,000 devices. Attendees must use caution and avoid accessing sensitive information, such as online banking and other accounts, on this network due to the risks of cybercriminals compromising the network or third parties intercepting network connections.

    Credit Card Skimming – Another risk for attendees at each of these events is credit card skimming. Savvy cybercriminals can take advantage of consumer spending on such items as concessions, souvenirs and more at the venue and apply skimming devices to POS systems to intercept credit card information.

    Online and Mobile Streaming – The official website for the 2014 Winter Games will stream more than 1,000 hours of event coverage – totaling more than the two previous Winter Games combined. More than 1 billion spectators worldwide streamed content for the 2012 Summer Games and this number is sure to increase with the 2014 Winter Games. To protect against cybercrime risks, spectators must assure they only stream video from official event websites, as opposed to third party sources.

    Malicious Links – During events such as football’s “big game” and the 2014 Winter Games, increased online advertising spending and social media use pose a risk for links containing malware. For example, online advertisements may appear to link to an official Winter Games website and lead to malware being downloaded on a user’s device. Similar risks can occur on social media, as cybercriminals can create fraudulent Twitter accounts posing as athletes or journalists reporting live from the events and post malicious links, leading to consumers unwittingly accessing compromised links.

    Ticketing Scams – As with all significant sporting and other events in high demand, consumers must be wary of purchasing tickets from untrusted third parties and classified ad sites for football’s “big game” and the 2014 Winter Games. Instead, perspective consumers should always purchase from official ticketing sources or legitimate resellers.

“For the 2014 Winter Games, the extensive Wi-Fi network poses more of a risk than in years past, because consumers access the network across several devices and have information such as banking credentials, social media logins and e-commerce accounts stored on their devices,” said Baumhof. “It is incredibly hard to make any Wi-Fi network secure and there is no surefire encryption method for preventing such networks from cybercriminal activity. My best advice is for journalists, spectators and others in attendance to avoid doing any personal or business transactions over such a large, unsecured Wi-Fi network.”

While the massive Wi-Fi network is a new threat to this year’s Winter Games, ticketing scams have been a longtime risk for consumers and businesses during major sporting events. Examples of ticketing scams include counterfeits in the hands of scalpers at the venue, classified ad scams using public companies’ names and tickets sold at suspiciously high or low prices.

“If a ticket deal for a hot event such as football’s ‘big game’ or the Sochi Games seems too good to be true, chances are it probably is, and the ticket may not be authentic,” said Robert Capps, the senior manager of global trust and safety at StubHub, and an expert in online ticketing. “Specific red flags include tickets offered for sale for prices much higher or lower than other legitimate sites, and tickets that would otherwise be extremely hard to get. Fraudsters often mimic or impersonate legitimate companies such as StubHub, through online ads, and solicit payment through Western Union or other money transfer services. In the end, the consumer sends the money, and never receives the tickets.”

While consumers must prioritize cybersecurity while cheering on their favorite athletes in football’s “big game” and the 2014 Winter Games, businesses must also do their part to differentiate between good and bad actors among the high volume of transactions surrounding these popular events. To do so, businesses can turn to an anonymized global data repository, such as the ThreatMetrix™ Global Trust Intelligence Network (The Network), to evaluate logins, payments, new account registrations and remote access attempts for validity. The most comprehensive global repository of identity and fraud data, The Network uses real-time analytics to protect hundreds of millions of users and data points each day from cybercrime.

About ThreatMetrix

ThreatMetrix secures Web transactions against account takeover, payment fraud, identity spoofing, malware, and data breaches. The ThreatMetrix Global Trust Intelligence Network, which analyzes 500 million monthly transactions, provides context-based authentication and advanced Web fraud prevention to help companies accelerate revenue, reduce costs and eliminate friction. ThreatMetrix protects more than 160 million active user accounts, 2,500 customers and 10,000 websites across a variety of industries, including financial services, enterprise, e-commerce, payments, social networks, government, and insurance. For more information, visit http://www.threatmetrix.com or call 1-408-200-5755.

Join the cybersecurity conversation by visiting the ThreatMetrix blog, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages.

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ProXPN Makes Their Stand On Online Fraud Known by the World

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ProXPN Makes Their Stand On Online Fraud Known by the World










(PRWEB) August 28, 2013

A report by bankinfosecurity.com dated July 13th 2013 (http://bankinfosecurity.com/blogs/survey-says-ach-wire-fraud-growing-p-1509) says despite increased investments in antifraud solutions and technologies, banking institutions continue to struggle with losses linked to ACH and wire fraud.

The report adds that according to the survey done, it shows that despite the investments these institutions made in security controls recommended by the Federal Financial Institutions Council in its updated authentication guidance, such as dual-customer authorization, fraud detection and monitoring, enhanced customer education and IP reputation-based tools, nearly half say those controls have not reduced the number of account takeover incidents these institutions suffered in the last 12 months.

According to the survey the respondents ranked ACH and wire fraud as the fourth greatest fraud threat they continue to face with payment card fraud, phishing attacks and check fraud ranking high up the online scam ladder.

The survey further explained that over the past year the vast majority of institutions surveyed said financial losses to online fraud have either increased or remained steady. Forty-six percent of the surveyed said despite the controls they’ve invested in they’ve not seen any reductions in the number of account takeover incidents suffered in the last 12months, while 43 percent said those controls have not reduced fraud losses at all.

ProXPN is appalled at the rise in cybercrime and the lengths that cybercriminals will go. They are urging everyone to protect themselves online and calling on Governments to find better but less evasive means to protect their citizens.

By encrypting all data, while masking your Public Internet Protocol (IP) address, VPN technology like the ProXPN VPN ensures that user’s online activities cannot be monitored or recorded by anyone, hackers included. While connected to ProXPN VPN service no one can intercept information therefore users are always reassured that their online activities are privy to only themselves.

About proXPN:

Founded in 2009, proXPN is a leading VPN provider. Unlike other services they offer free accounts. Unlike the SaaS standard practice of time-based free trials, a proXPN free VPN account lasts for life and is limited only by connection speed. proXPN Premium account users enjoy unlimited connection speeds as well as advanced features such as PPTP compatibility for mobile devices and VPN Guard™, proXPN’s method of cutting all data transfer should the VPN connection fail, ensuring all data is encrypted during transmission even if there’s a system error. proXPN’s firm stance on the importance of individual privacy and security online mirrors public sentiment expressed during debates over SOPA and PIPA.























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Better Business Bureau Advises Consumers to be Informed When Choosing Tax Preparers

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Better Business Bureau Advises Consumers to be Informed When Choosing Tax Preparers











Southfield, MI (PRWEB) January 28, 2014

As the W-2 forms start arriving, consumers are searching for help completing their taxes and getting their refunds processed. Consumers can be lured by the promise of quick and big returns, only to find out later that they were duped. Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises you to check your tax preparer’s BBB Business Review prior to making an appointment and offers tips to tax payers for avoiding pitfalls in tax preparation.

Each year, consumers file complaints with BBB about delays in getting refunds and about tax preparation offices shutting down abruptly. Some tax preparation companies are open for only a few months every year, and it can be hard to track the preparer down if you run into problems with your return.

Checking BBB Business Reviews first can help consumers make informed decisions on hiring tax professionals and accountants. The BBB rates companies A+ to F based on 16 factors, including how long a company has been in business, the number of complaints the business has and how it responds to complaints they do receive.

If you decide to hire a tax preparer, BBB offers some tips and advice:


    Ask for referrals and do your research: Ask friends for referrals, but regardless of how much you trust the referral, check the preparer out with BBB at http://www.bbb.org or by calling 248.223.9400 before you hire anyone.

    Check credentials. Is the preparer a certified public accountant (CPA), a tax lawyer or an enrolled agent? Does the preparer belong to a professional organization that requires members to adhere to a code of ethics? Are they a BBB Accredited Business that requires the company to comply with its ethical standards?

    Be wary of promises. Until the preparer knows your situation, there is no way to know whether you’ll get a refund or how big it will be. Be wary of preparers who promise to beat competitor’s refunds or base their fee on a percentage of your refund. Focus instead, on reporting your information accurately.

    Check accessibility. You may need to contact your preparer after tax season is over. Will he or she be available? If so, will they still be in the same location?

    Beware of refund anticipation loans. These are not actual refunds from the IRS and in some cases, are treated as loans that carry high interest rates. Some tax preparers may offer to give you a check or debit card rather than wait for the IRS to mail your refund. These are very similar to payday loans and carry interest rates from 50 to 500 percent and some have hidden administrative fees. In most cases, tax refund anticipation loans give consumers their refund no more than a few days faster than the IRS, which can deposit refunds in the bank in as few as 10 days.

    Read the contract: Know what the service will cost, what it covers and whether the cost changes if you have a complicated return. Will the preparer represent you in case of an audit?

    Check your return: Before you sign the return, read it over to check for mistakes. Ask the preparer to explain anything you don’t understand.

    Keep all documents. Retain any receipts or documents used to prepare the tax return. The burden of proof falls on the consumer when an audit occurs. Get copies of any signed documents.

BBB also begins to field complaints this time of year about tax scams including fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scammers attempting to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity and assets. The IRS has warned consumers that it does not initiate taxpayer communications through email. Unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS should be reported to the IRS at phishing(at)irs(dot)gov. Consumers can also report instances of IRS-related phishing attempts and fraud to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.

About Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan & the Upper Peninsula

BBB Serving Eastern Michigan & the Upper Peninsula is a non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting trust in the marketplace by assisting in the protection of consumers and businesses from fraud and unethical business practices. In addition to its recognized dispute resolution services, BBB maintains business reviews on the customer service history of more than 90,000 local businesses and provides consumer education materials on numerous topics. BBB provides its services free to the public and its service territory stretches across Eastern Michigan from Ann Arbor through Metropolitan Detroit, Lansing, Flint, upward to Alpena, and covers the entire Upper Peninsula of the state.























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The Abelson Law Firm of Washington, D.C., Issues Alert About Inheritance Email Scam

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The Abelson Law Firm of Washington, D.C., Issues Alert About Inheritance Email Scam











Michael A. Abelson, personal injury lawyer


Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 14, 2014

Attorney Michael A. Abelson today issued a warning to the public that an apparent scammer has been using his name in email messages that fraudulently tell recipients that they have received a large inheritance.

Abelson, a nationally recognized personal injury attorney and founder of The Abelson Law Firm in Washington, D.C., said his law firm recently learned of the scam.

“I want to assure people who receive these messages that I and my law firm have absolutely nothing to do with this,” Abelson said. “We believe that our good name is being stolen by scammers who are involved in an illegal scheme.”

According to Abelson, the messages come from an email that abuses his name. The messages tell recipients that a relative has died and left them a large sum of money. The “relative” usually has the same last name as the recipient. The message asks the recipient to contact “Michael Abelson” at a phone number in the 202 area code – the area code for Washington, D.C.

“I want to make clear to the people who receive these messages that I am in no way responsible for them. I have no connection to the individual or individuals who are sending them,” he said.

The scam appears to be originating from outside the United States, according to Abelson.

Abelson has an “AV” peer review rating in the distinguished Martindale-Hubbell® legal directory – the highest rating possible – and is a former recipient of the “Lawyer of the Year” award from the Trial Lawyers Association of Washington, D.C. He is a leading member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice. He has practiced law for more than 35 years, focusing his practice on representing injury victims.

“Our law firm is very disturbed that our good name is being misused by Internet scam artists. We are even more concerned that unsuspecting victims may fall prey to this operation,” Abelson said.

He urged recipients not to share personal information – such as account numbers and Social Security numbers – with the senders of the email messages. People who receive the messages may also report them to the Federal Trade Commission.

About The Abelson Law Firm

The Abelson Law Firm, based in Washington, D.C., assists victims of serious personal injuries. The firm’s mission is to seek justice and fair compensation for personal injury victims and their families. Senior attorney Michael Abelson has received the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Trial Lawyers Association of Washington, D.C., and has been listed in “The Cream of the Legal Establishment” by Washingtonian magazine. He has more than 35 years of legal experience. To learn more, call (888) 797-4242 or use the firm’s online form.























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