GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – It’s time for a round up of this week’s Target 2 Consumer Alerts.
PHONE SCAM ARRESTS
We’re getting our first look at that big bust in the IRS phone scam.
Charges have been filed against 61 people in the United States and abroad.
Federal authorities say workers at call centers in India posed as IRS agents and told people they owed money on back taxes. The calls threaten people with arrest. There are at least 15,000 victims of this scam, some from Northeast Wisconsin. The victims have lost more than $300 million.
The IRS will never attempt to collect back taxes over the phone. If you get one of these calls, hang up.
DISH NETWORK SCAM
Customers are being warned about scammers posing as employees from Dish Network.
The Waushara County Sheriff’s Office received a report about this scam.
The scammer called up a customer and posed as a representative with the satellite TV provider. The scammer said the company was changing satellites and customers needed to buy new receivers. The scam caller had customer information on file–including credit card numbers.
This customer thought it sounded fishy and called Dish Network, who confirmed there was no requirement to buy a new receiver.
The customer checked with her bank and found out scammers tried using her account to buy something not related to Dish Network.
An Action 2 News viewer told us she received an email about a potential inheritance, and it definitely falls under the “too good to be true” category.
The inheritance scam email comes from overseas. It claims your relative has died and you are set to incur a big inheritance.
This scam has been going around for awhile. It seeks personal and banking information.
Don’t fall for it. Just delete it.