Category: Scam Alert!

SCAM Alert: Coronavirus fraudsters add to the anxiety and misery

  • March 16, 2020
  • Maria Montie, CPA, MST, CVA, MAFF

From the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners: Disaster fraud has become so common that many U.S. federal agencies were quick to create websites to address coronavirus-related scams, complete with tips and sharable graphics for users to link to on social media. Some...

SR Client Question: How safe are password managers?

Many of our clients use password managers to protect and store their password libraries.  With sometimes hundreds of unique log-ins between business and personal accounts, it can become unmanageable to remember each username and password.  The convenient password managers built...

New IRS impersonation email scam

The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners recently warned taxpayers and tax professionals about a new IRS impersonation scam campaign spreading nationally on email. Remember: the IRS does not send unsolicited emails and never emails taxpayers about the...

Beware of fake IRS letters

Many taxpayers are aware that the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment over the phone, or call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill. To try and trick taxpayers, some scammers are sending letters, hoping...

10 ways small businesses can avoid fraud

As most of us know, small and mid-sized businesses are more vulnerable to fraud than larger organizations, and the effects can be much more damaging. To keep your business one step ahead, follow these ten tips to avoid business and...

LARA alerts Michigan corporations of scheme to file bogus document

Michigan Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Director Orlene Hawks today warns Michigan corporations of a non-governmental entity called “Michigan Council for Corporations” seeking to collect a $150 fee to prepare “corporate consent records in lieu of annual meeting...

Be aware of new collections scam

According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, Michigan taxpayers with past-due tax debts should be aware of a new scam making the rounds through the U.S. Postal Service, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. In the scheme, taxpayers are...

Understanding business fraud warning signs

According to a recent article in the Journal of Accountancy, accountants and business owners should watch for these five common fraud red flags. Living beyond means Unusual email Loose controls Not-so-friendly kickbacks Exceptional performance or cooked books? These are the...

IRS warns of scams related to natural disasters

With hurricane season underway, the IRS is reminding taxpayers that criminals and scammers often try to take advantage of the generosity of taxpayers who want to help victims of major disasters. Hurricane season runs June 1 to November 30, and...

SCAM ALERT: New Refund Scam using deposit and reclaim phish

** ShindelRock has already had a client solicited with this type of scam! Fortunately he called us before he deposited the mysterious check from the IRS.  Always confirm with your ShindelRock tax professional if you receive unexpected communications or money of any sort...