Byron Moore, CFP® and Mike Jones

Scams

Is the IRS really suing me?

By Byron Moore, posted July 20, 2015
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, July 19, 2015.
 

Question: I got a voicemail message from the IRS telling me that they are suing me and telling me to call a phone number. I don’t know what to do. I’m afraid it is a scam artist. But if it really is the IRS, I don’t want to get into trouble. Can you tell me what I should do?

Answer: Your instincts are correct. This is a scam.scam_0.jpg

First, I do not believe the IRS calls, tweets, texts or uses Facebook, Instagram, social media, instant messaging or smoke signals to communicate with a tax payer who owes money to the US Treasury. They send letters (remember those?) via the US postal service. And if the matter is weighty enough, the letter will come certified.

Scared of scams

By Byron Moore, posted January 27th, 2014

The following column was published in The News Star on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

Question: I decided I need a financial person so I’ve started talking to a few individuals. Frankly I’ve been less than impressed. I just get the feeling they want to sell me their thing, whatever it happens to be. It is always like this?

Answer: Slimy types will always be drawn to any profession offering access to people’s money.

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