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ALERT!!! From Better Business Bureau serving Northern Indiana

by Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana on April 24, 2015

Have you received one of the IRS pre-recorded calls?
Consumers are calling in and have informed us about calls from the IRS being left on their answering machine.  The call indicates that the call recipient is receiving an official IRS notice.  A lawsuit will be filed against them IMMEDIATELY, if they do not call the number provided on the answering machine.
The voice message is not coming from the IRS.  It is reported to come from different numbers.  One number is 253-656-4763, which has a Washington State area code.  The IRS will not call individuals regarding their tax returns.  If there is an issue, an official letter will be sent.  Also there will be no threats made:  no threats of arrest, law suits or incarceration. 
These sorts of threats are used by imposters to trick people into giving them money, in order to "supposedly" make the IRS harassment problem go away.  It does not make the problem go away though because more calls will be received demanding more money for other reasons.  As long as a person is willing to give money, the calls will not subside.  Should you have any questions or concerns about this call problem, let us know or contact your IRS at 800-829-1040.
"Notice of Reward" post cards being sent out
If you are receiving this post card below regarding an "unclaimed reward on your account," think twice!  Consumers have reported calling the number given and also another number (844-230-3530) and are being told that for $1, this reward will be sent.  The catch is the $1 must be paid by credit card over the phone.  No other method of payment will be accepted, and the payment cannot be mailed.  THE BOTTOM LINE IS this company refuses to give its address, which is very suspicious.
Other reports made on this opportunity is that the companies mentioned "Wal-Mart and Target" do not endorse this and are unaware of this.
Always be careful giving out your credit card information and especially to an unknown source.  If the caller uses high-pressure tactics to try and entice you to give your credit card or banking account number immediately, that is a red flag.  The other red flag indicator is refusing to provide a company name and/or business address.  Should you receive one of these calls and have concerns, give us a call at 1.800.552.4631 or contact us via social media (Facebook and/or Twitter.)
Invoice from CPU Service, Inc. in Oklahoma City, OK
Have you received an invoice from this company? Read the fine print carefully. It states that it is not a bill but a proposal to make a purchase. The invoice is very misleading, and complaints have been received in regards to it. When the complaints are brought to the company's attention, they go unanswered.
Some of the complaints involve receiving this misleading bill in the first place. Others are saying that they never sought the services of this company, yet they receive this bill. Another complainant mentioned that the only form of accepted payment is through credit card, to be paid via fax or email. No physical address has ever been provided by this company nor are they registered with the Secretary of State.
Call BBB at 1.800.552.4631 if you are unsure.


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