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Minnesota and North Dakota
Top Scams
February 24, 2014

We’re receiving reports that the Tech Support Scam is hitting our area once again. This is when scammers, posing as computer technicians, call consumers or business owners saying they’ve noticed a computer in use has an operating flaw or that it’s running slowly. And this is a clever scam, because many older computers do run slow. However, what you need to know is that these calls are bogus. When you have a computer problem, you call the expert. It’s not the other way around. Learn more about the tech support scam!

We’ve also received reports that people are getting calls from individuals claiming to be with the IRS and demanding immediate payments. In some cases, people say they’ve been threatened with arrest. This is not how the IRS works. If you receive a phone call, fax or letter in the mail from an individual claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee, contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. Also, the IRS won’t contact you by email, text or through social media; if they need information, they will contact you by mail. Here are some helpful tax tips from your BBB!

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