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Watch Notes for 02/05/2016 to 02/08/2016

The following will be the property crimes since 2/5 until this morning for our command.

3 Auto Thefts due to Warm Ups – 6400 blk of Academy, 3300 blk of Montclaire, 11000 blk of Jordan

10 Auto Thefts – 5200 blk of Pino, 4200 blk of Louisiana, 1600 blk of Haines Pl, 3600 blk of Candelaria, 5800 blk of Osuna, 8400 blk of Spain, 6100 blk of Harper, 5400 blk of Montgomery, Glendale & Pan American Fwy area, 4600 blk of San Mateo

23 Auto Burglaries – 6400 blk of Esther, 3400 blk of Comanche, 3300 blk of Tiley, 7400 blk of Woodal, 3200 blk of Comanche, 3000 blk of Monroe, 5800 blk of Signal, 4500 blk of San Mateo, 5400 blk of Montgomery, 6500 blk of Northland, 4500 blk of Shepard, 2000 blk of Candelaria, 4600 blk of Montgomery, 9100 blk of Berryessa, 2800 blk of Indiana, 4600 blk of Pan American, 2400 blk of Valencia, 4200 blk of San Pedro, 9500 blk of Prospect, 2900 blk of Alvarado, 3900 blk of Lafayette, 4800 blk of Menaul, 6000 blk of Downey.

Points of entry were listed as broken windows, punched door locks and unlocked vehicles. Items taken were listed as tax information, social security cards, ID’s, registrations, insurance cards, change, stereo equipment, phone chargers, tools, cameras, laptops, purses, and wallets.

3 Residential Burglaries – 9600 blk of Salem, 9400 blk of Snow Heights, 8400 blk of Wilson Hurley, 4500 blk of Shepard.

Points of entry were listed as bathroom windows, unsecured doors, and forced open front doors. Items taken included debit cards, cash, and furniture taken.

Crime Prevention Tip of the Day

Tax season is upon us. We are seeing several folks leaving vital tax information in their vehicles as well as their mailboxes for an extended period of time. Below is some information that is provided by the IRS as to scams, alerts, etc.

Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts

Most Recent Scams

Tax Preparer Phishing Scam

A bogus email asks tax professionals to update their IRS e-services portal information and Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs). The links that are provided in the bogus email to access IRS e-services appear to be a phishing scheme designed to capture your username and password. This email was not generated by the IRS e-services program. Disregard this email and do not click on the links provided.

For more information on this scam, see IR-2015-31, IRS Warns Tax Preparers to Watch out for New Phishing Scam; Don’t Click on Strange Emails or Links Seeking Updated Information.

IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scam

An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

Or, victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.

If the phone isn’t answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

Note that the IRS will never: 1) call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill; 2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe; 3) require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card; 4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or 5) threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

For more details on this ongoing scam, see:

Email Phishing Scam: “Update your IRS e-file”

The IRS has been alerted to a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS and include a link to a bogus web site intended to mirror the official IRS web site. These emails contain the direction “you are to update your IRS e-file immediately.” The emails mention USA.gov and IRSgov (without a dot between “IRS” and “gov”), though notably, not IRS.gov (with a dot). Don’t get scammed. These emails are not from the IRS.

Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. For more information, visit the IRS’s Report Phishing web page.

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.

Tax Scams

Don’t fall victim to tax scams. Remember — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Some of the other recent scams the IRS has seen include:

  • IR-2015-114, IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to South Carolina Flood Victim Relief
  • IR-2014-39, IRS Warns of New Email Phishing Scheme Falsely Claiming to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service
  • IR-2014-16, IRS Releases the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014; Identity Theft, Phone Scams Lead List
  • IR-2014-5, Watch Out for Tax Scams as Filing Season Opening Nears
  • IR-2013-90, IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Relief of Typhoon Victims
  • IR-2013-33, Don’t Fall Prey to the 2013 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams
  • IR-2012-23, IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012
  • IR-2011-73, IRS Urges Taxpayers to Avoid Becoming Victims of Tax Scams
  • IR-2011-39, Don’t Fall Prey to the 2011 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

Education is the best way to avoid the pitfalls of these “too good to be true” tax scams. For more information, see:

Phony Arguments

No matter how some things are sliced, they’re still baloney. If someone tells you that you don’t have to pay taxes, check out The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments. This IRS.gov exclusive addresses some of the more common false legal arguments made by those opposed to compliance with the federal tax laws. Each contention is briefly explained, followed by a discussion of the legal authority that rejects the contention. The second section deals with frivolous arguments encountered in collection due process cases. The final section illustrates penalties imposed on those pursuing frivolous cases.

  • IR-2014-51, IRS Debunks Frivolous Tax Arguments, includes numerous recently decided cases that demonstrate that the courts continue to regard such arguments as illegitimate.
  • IR-2011-23, IRS Debunks Frivolous Tax Arguments, highlights the issue and possible penalties.
  • IR-2004-41 describes the increasingly strong penalties the courts have imposed from March 2003 to March 2004 on taxpayers who pursued frivolous cases to delay IRS collection actions.
  • IR-2003-28 details penalties the Tax Court imposed from April 2001 until early March 2003 for making frivolous Collection Due Process arguments.

Identity Theft Scams

The IRS has issued several consumer warnings about the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scamsters trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity and assets. Scamsters will use the regular mail, telephone, fax or email to set up their victims. When identity theft takes place over the Internet (email), it is called phishing.

The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through email. Unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or from an IRS-related component such as EFTPS, should be reported to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

Additionally, clicking on attachments to or links within an unsolicited email claiming to come from the IRS may download a malicious computer virus onto your computer.

Learn more about identity theft.

Learn how to protect your personal information.

You may also report instances of IRS-related phishing attempts and fraud to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.

Reporting Tax-Related Schemes, Scams, Identity Theft and Fraud

To report the various types of tax-related illegal activities, refer to our chart explaining the types of activity and the appropriate forms or other methods to use.

Courtesy of https://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts

 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at the NE Area Command substation. Thank you!