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TDCI Warns Consumers About New Twist on Tax Refund Scam

February 22, 2018

Tennessee Consumer Affairs DivisionNashville, TN – With tax filing season underway, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs is sharing a warning from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that cautions consumers about a new scam tactic involving erroneous tax refund deposits.

According to the IRS, the scam began with cyber criminals employing malware to mine client data from tax professionals’ computers.

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Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance shares FTC Consumer Alert Regarding Western Union Scam Settlement

December 27, 2017

Consumers Who Lost Money to Scammers Via Western Union Can File a Claim to Get Money Back

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumers Affairs reminds Tennesseans that they must file claims before February 12th, 2018 to be reimbursed for money lost in scams using Western Union.

According to a consumer alert by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumers who lost money to scammers who told them to pay via Western Union’s money transfer system between January 1st, 2004 and January 19th, 2017, can now file a claim to get their money back by going to FTC.gov/WU before the February deadline.

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TDCI Warns Consumers of Unlicensed Funeral Establishment Activity in Tennessee

March 14, 2017

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers warns consumers to be wary of out-of-state funeral directing establishments using websites that make it falsely appear as if the businesses are licensed to operate in Tennessee when the businesses do not have a Tennessee license.

“Tennessee law prohibits individuals from working as a funeral director without a license,” said Board Executive Director Robert Gribble.

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IRS warns Tax Professionals of New Scam to “Unlock” Their Tax Software Accounts

February 21, 2017

IRS - Internal Revenue ServiceWashington, D.C. – The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to be alert to a new phishing email scam impersonating software providers.

The scam email comes with the subject line, “Access Locked.” It tells recipients that access to their tax prep software accounts has been “suspended due to errors in your security details.” The scam email asks the tax professional to address the issue by using an “unlock” link provided in the email.

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IRS Warns of Back-to-School Scams; Encourages Students, Parents, Schools to Stay Alert

August 20, 2016

Internal Revenue Service - IRSAtlanta, GA – The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the “Federal Student Tax.”

People should be on the lookout for IRS impersonators calling students and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a fake “federal student tax.” If the person does not comply, the scammer becomes aggressive and threatens to report the student to the police to be arrested.

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Consumer Affairs Warns the public of Craigslist Moving Scams

June 25, 2016

Tennessee Division of Consumer AffairsNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs warns residents to use caution when hiring movers through websites like Craigslist.

Last month, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported a Craigslist moving scam that left a Georgia resident robbed of $75,000 worth of her family’s personal and household valuables.

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Beware Student Loan Forgiveness Scams

April 22, 2016

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs wants to alert consumers about student loan forgiveness scams recently reported by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Middle Tennessee.

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Sweepstakes/Lottery Scams Take Aim at Tennessee Consumers

November 21, 2015

Tennessee Department of Commerce and InsuranceNashville, TN – As the holiday shopping season approaches, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs is alerting Tennessee consumers to be on high alert for fraudulent sweepstakes and lottery offers they may receive via mail, phone, or social media.

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Better Business Bureau Warns Consumers of Gift Card Reward Scam

August 9, 2013

Don’t be duped into providing personal information

Better Business Bureau - BBBNashville, TN – Consumers in Nashville and surrounding counties are receiving “reward announcements” in one of 3 ways: a direct phone call, a cell phone text, or in some cases they will receive a letter in the mail. In either approach, there is a reward number and a phone number to call in order to claim your $100.00 gift card reward from Wal-Mart, Target, or Home Depot.

If you did not enter a legitimate promotion or contest to win a gift card, this should be your first clue that something is amiss. When calling the phone number, the consumer is directed to the rewards department where a representative asks a series of seemingly innocuous questions intended to glean as much personal information as possible. [Read more]

Better Business Bureau reports Medical Alert Scam Targets Middle Tennessee Seniors Citizens

July 12, 2013

Better Business BureauNashville, TN – Senior Citizens in the Middle Tennessee Area keep getting those annoying “robocalls” that they just know has to be a scam according to the Better Business Bureau. The voice implies that somebody, a doctor or maybe their children, signed them up for a medical alert system.

It’s all free, the recording implies, “And everything is ready to be sent to your home.”

Consumers report if you call the number back, it says the number is not in service.

The Medical Alert System scam is in full swing in Middle Tennessee, as well as other states including New York, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin and Kentucky. [Read more]

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