The FTC fights international scams

If you have a phone, you’ve probably heard from an IRS imposter — someone claiming you owe thousands of dollars and better pay up immediately, or else terrible things will happen. In the last nine months, more than 111,000 of you reported calls like that to the FTC, and dozens wrote blog comments about callers with South Asian accents posing as IRS agents. Your reports provide crucial information to law enforcement about scam tactics, trends and locations.

The FTC aggressively sues scammers who operate across borders and target people in the US with imposter schemes. For example, a federal court recently temporarily shut down and froze the assets of a tech support operation that directed people to call a boiler room in India for computer help, then pressured them to spend $200 to $400 for useless repair services. That case was one of a dozen similar cases brought by the FTC.

The FTC also works with agencies worldwide to boost cooperation against cross border scams. Next month, staff from the Commission’s Office of International Affairs will meet for the fifth time with industry, trade groups, law enforcement and tech experts to continue efforts to thwart fraudsters operating in India. A recent police raid on nine call centers in India shows the benefit of collaboration.

If you get an unexpected call about a “tax debt,” remember: if the IRS needs to reach you, it will send a letter. Don’t give the caller any financial or personal information, and don’t send payment by money transfer, debit card or iTunes card. Hang up, and report the call to the FTC and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

 

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I get robo calls claiming to be from the IRS claiming I owe money when I know for a fact I don't

Shann, we signed up for nomorobo.com and we don't get robo calls any more.

When the robo-call says it is from the IRS, threatens you if you don't call them back, and ends with "Have a blessed day", you'd hope people would figure out pretty quickly that it is a scam from one or all of those "hints". The calls themselves were an annoyance. However, I do know that many people were scammed into paying what they thought they owed the IRS. I feel for those people. I make a habit to NOT answer the phone now.

Google "NOMOROBO" the service is free,but A&T Mobile customer can not.

I received about once a week calls in reference to my computer and problems that I am suppose to be having. My answer to them is that I do not own a computer and never have. Sometimes it works and I do not hear for awhile. If I get them again what do I need to do. With computer problems calls and home security calls it does get aggravating. Thanks for any info you may give me. Thanks for your information that you put out for us. Sylvia

I had a call about my saying they were from Dell, computer makers do not have the resources to do these kinds of calls. The end of this story is i conned a con man and got the money trailed stopped and they didn't get theirs, I beat them out of it with Western Union's help!

I just got a call from someone posing as a Microsoft technician saying that my computer was compromised. I hung up on him and called back five minutes later and when he answered I said I was from Microsoft and he hung up on me. Two can play the same game.

That just happened to me. What should I do. I am not stupid, but they got me on this one. Who do I report this to

You can report it to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint.

I was scamed by microsoft and the FTC has done nothing !
the F T C is now just like the B B B , totaly worthless !

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