Monday, November 18, 2013

IRS Warns of Disaster Relief Scams in Wake of Typhoon

On November 15, the IRS issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place following Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on November 8 and brought widespread devastation.  Says the alert:

Following major disasters, it is common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email or in-person solicitations.

The IRS cautions people wishing to make disaster-related charitable donations to avoid scam artists by following these tips …

The specific pointers offered by the IRS are available here.


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