Barry G. Fowler, EA, leading expert in tax resolution issues and CEO of Taxation Solutions reveals his most hated form of scamming and offers tips to help taxpayers avoid being victimized as a result of their sincere compassion.
Houston, TX – August 30, 2018 – Barry G. Fowler, CEO of Taxation Solutions, posted a new article on his website entitled “Criminals Are Counting On Your Compassion To Steal From You For A Worthy Cause.” Mr. Fowler reminisces about the days before cybercriminals and the multitude of ways scammers now have to steal money.
Fowlers writes, “Boy, do I miss the good ole days before cyberscammery began! (I know I made up that word, and you’re welcome to use it!) I miss the olden days when we had a land line and the phone didn’t ring so much. If it rang at dinner time you just knew it was a telemarketer!” He continues adding, “But, that’s just pure sentimentality and it doesn’t fix a darn thing. The fact of the matter is that every human being has to deal with an onslaught of disreputable criminals who are constantly trying to bilk us out of our money or our identities through emails, social media and phone calls.”
As Fowler confesses, “The type of scam that galls me most is when criminals take advantage of the goodness of regular folks after a tragic event has occurred.” He continues adding, “This happens frequently in hurricane territory. We are in the middle of hurricane season now and fortunately we’ve not had any storms make landfall. But, just because storms don’t make landfall here, they may cause damage in other parts of the world and the criminals have no qualms about tapping the compassionate thousands of miles away from the actual disaster zone.”
“According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),” writes Fowler, “the U.S. averages one to two hurricane landfalls each season. And we are just halfway through hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.”
According to Fowler, “Last year’s hurricane season was profitable for charity scammers, however I can’t find any dollar figures that say just how much they got away with. Nonetheless, despite the fact this year’s hurricane season is a mild one, The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to remind taxpayers to be alert for scams that will ‘undoubtedly pop up when and if a hurricane occurs’.”
The entire article can be read at http://www.taxationsolutions.net/criminals-are-counting-on-your-compassion-to-steal-from-you-for-a-worthy-cause/
About Barry G. Fowler, EA
Barry G. Fowler founded Taxation Solutions out of a genuine concern for the IRS issues his clients face, many of whom are self-employed, contract employees, or entrepreneurs. For his contributions to his profession and expertise in tax resolution and financial planning, Fowler has been featured as one of America’s Trendsetters on CBS and Yahoo, and as a Premier Expert in Inc. Magazine. He has been instrumental in helping hundreds of people resolve complex tax issues with the IRS.
Fowler is licensed to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, and is a longstanding member of several tax industry professional organizations: NAEA, NATP, TSEA, ASTP