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In November 2019, a Kirkwood resident met someone online while playing a cell phone game. A relationship blossomed. Soon, the resident was giving money to someone she had only met virtually.

By the time she realized her “friend” might be taking advantage of her, she had already transferred over $600,000. She called the Kirkwood Police Department on Nov. 17, 2021 — two years after “meeting” the individual. Police confirmed what the woman was dreading — she was the victim of an elaborate romance scam.

Her story is not an isolated incident. On Oct. 6, 2020, another Kirkwood woman transferred $18,000 to her grandson who’d been in an accident in Mexico, only to realize her grandson was safe and sound in the United States. On Oct. 2, 2021, a Webster Groves Resident reported she was scammed out of $67,000 by someone who told her she’d won the lottery. On Dec. 2, 2021, a St. Louis woman lost  $2,200 when she tried to rent a Glendale property advertised in a fake Facebook…

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3 On Your Side Podcast: Maximizing your credit card perks | 3 On Your Side

(3TV/CBS 5) — How many credit cards do you have? Whatever the number, your cards may have perks you don’t even know about. About 30 percent of Americans who have rewards cards have made no effort to take advantage of their points or perks that they may have.

On this episode, we’re talking with Doug Milnes, Chief Financial Analyst with MoneyGeek.com. He has some surprising information when it comes to you and your credit cards.

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Massachusetts Police Department warning of recent jury duty scam, other scams – Fall River Reporter

Police Chief Charles Stone and the Norfolk Police Department wish to warn the public about a recent jury duty scam and other common scams.

Earlier this month, Norfolk Police received a report from a resident that a person had called and claimed that they were a Sheriff. The caller told the resident that they would be arrested for failing to report to Federal Jury Duty unless they paid a fine. The caller demanded gift cards in restitution from the resident or stated that an arrest warrant would be filed. The individual lost $3,400 before realizing the call was a scam.

Chief Stone would like to make residents aware that members of the public will not be contacted initially by email or phone for jury service and that restitution will never be demanded for failure to appear for jury duty. If you don’t respond to your jury summons and miss your jury duty date, you will be considered a delinquent juror and the Office of Jury Commissioner will first send a Failure to Appear Notice in the mail, then a Notice of Delinquency by mail before taking further action.

Anyone who has questions regarding jury duty should contact the OJC at 800-843-5879.

“Scammers often target vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly, to exploit them through the purchase of pre-paid gift cards or wire transfers,” Chief Stone said. “Once pre-paid gift cards or wire transfers are sent, it’s extremely hard to recover that money once you realize you’ve fallen victim to a scam….

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IRS scam callers are going to jail for up to 20 years

If you ever received one of those IRS scam calls, you might have wondered: will the good guys ever make those bad guys pay?

About a week ago, it happened.

The recent arrests of people accused of making IRS scam calls seems to have helped cut down on the number of scam attempts.

A federal judge in Texas sentenced 21 residents of New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Arizona, California, Alabama and Florida to prison terms of up to 20 years. They participated in an India-based fraud and money laundering scheme that stole hundreds of millions of dollars from thousands of U.S. residents.

The scams, based out of call centers in India, used various telephone frauds, including calls from con artists who pretended they were from the Internal Revenue Service. These criminals threatened people with arrest or lawsuits unless they paid some bogus tax debt.

“This type of fraud is sickening,” said Ryan Patrick, U.S. attorney of the Southern District of Texas, in a statement that announced the prison terms.

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Press on Your Side has warned residents of these scams for years. We all know the IRS doesn’t just call out of the blue about a tax debt. You’ll get a notice in the mail. And they’ll never demand payment over the telephone. When you get the call, just hang up.

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Police: Cyberscammers hitting Vienna businesses hard | news/fairfax

Vienna police in recent weeks have been notified about scams that have defrauded local residents.

• A woman living in the 800 block of Plum Street, S.W., told Vienna police she had been defrauded of money on Dec. 27 last year. The victim had responded to an e-mail regarding a McAfee computer anti-virus account and followed the contact’s instructions to wire money.

The following day, the resident received an e-mail from someone claiming to be with the FBI, who advised her of an issue with her computer and instructed her to pay a fine to correct the matter.

Vienna police issued a warning earlier in January after receiving two other reports of McAfee anti-virus scams.

• A woman living in the 400 block of Mill Street, S.E., told Vienna police that, sometime between Dec. 28 last year and Jan. 13, someone used her personal information to open a Macy’s credit account and made purchases.

• A man living in the 600 block of Spring Street, S.E., reported on Jan. 14 at 2:56 p.m. that when trying to open a bank account, the bank instructed him to provide a tax EIN (employer identification number) for the account.

The resident accessed what he believed to be an IRS Website via his cell phone and entered his personal information before he realized the Website was fraudulent.

• In another computer-anti-virus scam, a resident living in the 200 block of…

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World Elder Awareness Day June 15

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is Tuesday, June 15. 

Elder Victim Ministry, a program of Crime Victim Services, will provide Put up Your Guard against Scams packets in area agencies serving the elder population. The program is funded by a Cares Act grant.     

The packets include a grocery bag, pen, notepad and a scam tips card to place by the phone or refrigerator. 

A fierce tiger image helps remind persons:
• Do not respond. Scammers want you to send money. If you’re the winner, you don’t pay. The IRS will not call you nor will they make threats. Hang up and call your doctor’s office to confirm the call before giving any information. 
• Do not send money. Ask for your grandchild’s full name. Call family members to check. Romance Scams are one of the largest scams happening. Love does not equall money. Get an opinion from others before acting. Make a police report if you think you are being scammed.

Since the pandemic began, Elder Victim Ministry has seen an increase in the following crimes:
• domestic violence
• threats to health and safety (menacing, violation of protection order), and
• monetary crimes (scams, identity theft).  

If you or someone you know is being victimized, report it to a law enforcement agent.

Crime Victim Services can help persons prevail over traumas of a victimization in  safety, healing and legal and financial recovery. 

Its services are free. Contact Elysia Bush, Elder Victim Ministry director at

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Valley News – Judge: FBI interviews of Shumlin administration in EB-5 fraud case must be unsealed

Federal Judge Geoffrey Crawford on Wednesday ordered the release of summaries of FBI interviews with former Gov. Peter Shumlin and members of his administration responsible for overseeing the fraudulent Jay Peak Resort projects.

Crawford dismissed claims by federal prosecutors that the records should remain under seal in the government’s case against former Jay Peak Resort president and CEO Bill Stenger in connection with a failed biomedical research facility project in Newport, Vt., known as AnC Bio Vermont. Ultimately, according to prosecutors, about $84 million from 170 investors for that project was misused by Stenger and his former partner, Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros.

The office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont had already shared the sealed documents with a third party — the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, which is defending the state in a separate civil lawsuit brought by defrauded immigrant investors represented by the Barr Law Group. And, according to Crawford, Stenger’s defense had allowed attorney Russell Barr to read the files.

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The federal court decision is a victory for Barr and his clients, who had hoped to obtain permanent residency in the U.S. through the federal EB-5 investor visa program, which provides green cards to those who invest at least $500,000 in…

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Don’t mess with grandma: Mineola man arrested in attempted elder scam, cops say

A Seaford grandmother flipped the script on a suspected scam artist, luring him into a trap set by Nassau police in a dramatic arrest captured on doorbell camera.

The Hollywood-style takedown began Thursday when Jean, a retired Nassau police 911 dispatcher, received a phone call from a man who, according to police, purported to be her grandson.

The crying caller told Jean, who asked that her last name not be used, that he’d been in a car accident, was being charged with driving under the influence and needed cash to get out of jail, she said.

Only one problem: Jean’s grandchildren are still in elementary or middle school.

“I knew it was a scam,” Jean, 73, said in an interview, explaining that she decided to play along, not expecting it to escalate.

But it would unfold in rapid fashion, with Jean playing the role of the easily duped victim, in an account corroborated by police.

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Top 5 things to remember when filing income tax returns in 2022

IRS

WASHINGTON — With filing season beginning January 24, the Internal
Revenue Service reminded taxpayers about several key items to keep in
mind when filing their federal income tax returns this year.

Given the unprecedented circumstances around the pandemic and unique
challenges for this tax season, the IRS offers a 5-point checklist that
can help many people speed tax return processing and refund delivery
while avoiding delays.

1. File an accurate return and use e-file and direct deposit to avoid delays. Taxpayers should electronically file and choose direct deposit as
soon as they have everything they need to file an accurate return.
Taxpayers have many choices, including using a trusted tax professional.
For those using e-file,
the software helps individuals avoid mistakes by doing the math. It
guides people through each section of their tax return using a
question-and-answer format.

2. For an accurate return, collect all documents before preparing a tax return; make sure stimulus payment and advance Child Tax Credit information is accurate. In
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statements, it is important people have their advance Child Tax Credit
and Economic Impact Payment information on hand when filing.

  1. Advance CTC letter 6419: In late December 2021,
    and continuing into January, the IRS started sending letters to people
    who received advance CTC payments. The letter says, “2021 Total Advance
    Child Tax Credit (AdvCTC)…

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