Internal Revenue Service
On the Spot: Beware the phone and email scams
On the Spot: Beware the phone and email scams

Everybody seems to be having money troubles this summer. At home, we're getting constant calls from the Internal Revenue Service, demanding payment. At work, an area travel agent emailed to say that she'd been attacked by gunmen in Malaysia, where they'd taken all her money and credit cards. She needed me to send her money quickly. With the IRS breathing down my neck, what can I do? The answer is — nothing. Both are scams. Mr. Phone Answerer at my house knows (and the Federal Trade Commission confirms) that if the IRS wants to get in touch with you, it sends a letter; it doesn't call. He hung up on the caller (the FTC recommends this too) and mourned the demise of the type of telephone...