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Tax scam doesnt fool former CU employee
DECATUR, Ala. (12/5/07)--On Monday morning, Leree Reeves of Decatur received a call from a man who identified himself as an employee of the Social Security Administration. The man told Reeves that he was going to refund her $1,500--an amount he claimed she had overpaid in taxes. To give her the money, he said that he needed her social security number and date of birth (WAFF 48 News Dec. 4). But Reeves wasn’t fooled. As the former employee of a credit union, she knew that no government agency would call her about a refund. And though the man had Reeves’ name, address, and phone number, he wouldn’t tell Reeves his real name, she told WAFF. Reeves said if she had fallen for the scam, her savings account would have been completely cleared. Reeves wants to warn people about similar scams so that they don’t lose their money to “dishonest people,” she said. The Internal Revenue Service has issued warnings in Alabama about the tax scam. The Better Business Bureau in Alabama has received calls from a number of potential victims, WAFF said.
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