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Posted by Transylvania County on August 17, 2020

2020 has seen a significant jump in the number of mobile scams (many connected, in part, to coronavirus conditions), and a lot of them are targeted at iPhone users. Since even cautious users can be caught by a scam if they aren’t paying attention, it’s important to keep an eye on the current iPhone scams being used so you recognize their tactics. Continue reading to browse which scams are on the rise and why they’re dangerous.  Here is the finale of our series.


8.  New Tax and Refund Scam Calls

2020 is a crazy tax year, it’s true. But it’s not so crazy that you’ll get random calls from the IRS about taxes, refunds, or stimulus checks.

Remember, the official tax deadline just arrived on July 15th, 2020. You aren’t in danger of any penalties or fees if you have managed to file taxes by then. This is also why refunds may take some time to appear, so there’s nothing to worry about there, either.

While many people have received their stimulus checks already, some haven’t – but that doesn’t mean something has gone wrong, nor does it mean you are eligible for extra payments. You can check the status of your stimulus check any time you want by visiting this IRS website designed just for that. If someone is calling or messaging you about it, it’s a scam.


9.  Fake Donation Calls


In times of stress and suffering, it’s natural for some people to want to help. Unfortunately, this has led to a rush of scams pretending to be nonprofits or donation centers and asking for aid. As a rule, never donate on a whim and follow the FTC guidelines on researching charities before contributing anything. Don’t let a call or message guilt you into anything. Oh, and make sure that your parents aren’t falling for any donation schemes either, especially if they are elderly and more likely to be targeted.


Be careful.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is in fact not true.  As always if you have been the victim of any type of scam, please do not hesitate to call us here at the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 884-3168.