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Wouldn't it be nice if check out staff would ask "IRS"?

The IRS scammers want folk to pay them with iTunes, Google Play and other cards now. This is a well known scam but could be stopped sometimes with a simple question.

Maybe if store check out clerks would be required to ask if the card was being bought to pay the IRS would put a dent into the scammers.

More at https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-avoid-this-years-tax-scams/

"How to protect yourself: Know that the IRS will never phone you or show up at your house to demand an immediate payment -- especially via gift card or wire transfer. Though debt collectors have been known to get pushy, an IRS representative should never berate, abuse or threaten to bring in law or immigration agencies. If you ever doubt the legitimacy of the person who has contacted you, contact the IRS directly at 1-800-908-4490 for assistance."

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It's kind of sad

To see the scams that folks will fall for.

I suppose there is a lot of money to be made with these scams.

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It's the odds, they say.

Even a crude Nigerian scam, sent robotically a gazillion times, needs to succeed only a small % of the time. Low risk, big reward, high margins.

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What works for me

To keep my phone clutter free is to let all calls go to voice mail.

Phone marketing does not seem to like that voice mail stuff.

The phone rings often but very few msg's left.

I suspect they want someone to answer who they can confuse with their spiel.

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You got it. Anyone you want to talk to

will leave a message. I'm told voice mail was made mandatory on cell phones so we wouldn't have to panic if it rang in the car. Leave it; wife will go to voice mail; you'll get the milk she forgot to tell you about.
I don't get many, either. The blocking service seems to work. I do have sevwral numbees from the old days as contacts under DNA, but I don't see them anymore.

Or, they're afraid I'll talk to them about religion. Happy

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There is a nasty one that does leave a message.

Tries to convince you there's a lawsuit or criminal action pending against you. Worded so you think ignoring it will get you in deeper, even if it is a mistake.
I called back once. As soon as a human asked, "What is your phone number?" I said, "You're supposed to know that." Boy, was she angry! Can you believe she hung up on me?

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Yup

Voice mail gives you a moment to think about things.

Then you make a choice to call back or not.

I can't blame your contacts for being afraid.

Who wants to hear about man made fiction?

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Ooohh. Ooohh. Low blow!
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You may have noticed

that robo dialed calls wait for a live answer at which point you are directed to an available person to answer. The pickup by this person is usually preceded by a sound something like "bee-deep". At this point, it's up to you to either hang up now or allow them to make their spiel.

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I wonder how many of these cards which are hanging on racks

in grocery stores and more even pass through the hands of a human during purchase. Self checkout is too easy with these. If you could have the software put up a scam warning during the purchase of these, the plan might work better.

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The store manager could opt to make a

prominent sign of the IRS warning.
If a clerk just asks me out of the clear blue, I might be upset.
Of course, real men don't twit, pin, spot, link, friend - or Apple anything. Happy

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