The Internal Revenue Service has just issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. As most of us know, on Nov. 8, 2013, this typhoon known as Yolanda in the Philippines – made landfall in the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains that have resulted in flooding, landslides, and widespread damage and personal devastation.
Following major disasters, it is now increasing common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers.
Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact in many ways including the following:
To avoid your own personal financial disaster, please follow these recommendations:
Bogus websites may solicit funds for disaster victims. Such fraudulent sites frequently mimic the sites of, or use names similar to, legitimate charities, or claim affiliation with legitimate charities to persuade members of the public to send money or provide personal financial information that can be used to steal identities or financial resources.
Additionally, fraudsters often send e-mail that steers the recipient to bogus websites that seem affiliated with legitimate charitable causes.
This is such a sad commentary about our world. The old refrain “No good deed goes unpunished” is clearly applicable here. It seems our best and noblest intentions can and will be used against us. Vigilance, skepticism and prudence are imperative even when we are trying to do the right thing.
Does this kind of fraud strike a nerve or really make you angry? Or are we just numb to it all and just pass it off as the way of the world? What are your thoughts? Be sure to let me know what you think in the Leave a Reply below.
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