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Scammers posing as IRS agents are calling Kentuckians in an effort to defraud them of thousands of dollars. The Office of the Kentucky Attorney General is receiving multiple calls a week from people who have fallen victim to the scam.

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Hopkins County  Regional Chamber of Commerce is warning area businesses of a scam caller selling advertising in newspapers produced by a “Junior Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce.” 

Federal authorities say they have recently prosecuted a number of tax preparers in Kentucky who falsified returns.  During a news conference in Louisville Monday, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky John Kuhn, said it’s important that the public guard against dishonest preparers.

"Taxpayers have to remain diligent when they work with return preparers," emphasized Kuhn.  "Taxpayers remain responsible for the contents of their returns."

Two Logan County tax preparers, Tara L. Mitchell and Mechelle Blankenship, were recently charged with falsely claiming education credits for taxpayers who were not entitled to them. 

Kuhn explained that some preparers who charge clients a percentage of their tax refund intentionally prepare false returns to increase their clients’ refund and their own fees.

Police Warn of IRS Telephone Scam

Feb 10, 2016
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Police say a new tax scam has hit the region this week. Both the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and Murray Police Department have heard reports of unsolicited callers posing as IRS employees. 

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The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office is warning consumers to avoid fake websites set up following the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

The Better Business Bureau is warning Kentuckians to avoid falling for a new scam that targets those wanting the new Apple iPhone.

A bogus email is being reported that tells recipients that they have won an iPhone 5S through a promotional drawing, in an effort to get the would-be victim’s personal information. Similar scams are  appearing on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The Illinois Department of Insurance is warning consumers that a Florida-based company is illegally marketing home warranty services to residents in the state. The agency says Arkidus Home Protection continues to market the warranties despite a previous cease and desist order from the Illinois Insurance Department. They say the state of Florida has taken similar action against Arkidus for illegal activity. The company markets warranties for household appliances via the Internet.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is filing suit against a company for allegedly conning businesses into paying unnecessary fees with an official-looking letter. The bogus letters told companies to pay a $125 fee for an "annual minutes records form." Madigan's office says the letters were made to look like they were from the Illinois Secretary of State's office. Madigan says companies can toss the letters in the garbage because the fee isn't required by Illinois law.

A consumer advocacy groups says scams adding charges to people’s cell phone bills have almost doubled in Illinois this past year.  The Citizens Utility Board says scammers target cell users as wireless communication increases and new laws forbid cramming land lines. Cramming refers to third-party charges added to customers’ bills for services they never ordered.

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The Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative is warning its members about a telemarketing scam offering bogus payment of energy bills.

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