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News stories often result in a tremendous outpouring of charitable donations. When disaster strikes people naturally want to help. For many, that help comes in the form of donations. Unfortunately, con-artists are attuned to the softer side of human nature and will take advantage of the opportunity to create fraudulent charities or enact a charitable scam. Here are some tips that will help you be cautious when donating to charity.
United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announces the unsealing of a 15-count indictment charging Allen Gregory Schleicher, a/k/a Gregory Klonowski, (49, Ruskin) with 10 counts of mail fraud, four counts of money laundering, and one count of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, Schleicher faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for each mail fraud charge, 10 years in federal prison for each money laundering charge, and two years in federal prison, consecutive to any other sentence, for the aggravated identity theft charge.
Tax time fraud is especially dangerous for minors, whose Social Security numbers are not yet used for credit acquisition or work purposes by their legitimate owners, thus making the fraud less likely to be detected. Claiming a child fraudulently on an otherwise legitimate return is also an effective scam being done with increasing frequency.
While no one likes phishing scams, the best thing about a purported IRS scam is this: It’s easy to spot. The IRS only communicates via postal mail regarding questions about your return or refund. Any email you receive that claims to be from the IRS and asks for more data in order to clarify a problem or process a refund is a fake.