Consumer information and the privacy of American taxpayers is non-existence and in my opinion the leading cause of identity theft and scams including IRS tax scams. We are living in a new age where peoples personal information is stored on computers and now being transferred to what we know as the "the cloud". What is that? "the cloud". Who manages this so called cloud of information? Who is responsible for this cloud of information? Better yet who are we holding accountable for the gross violation of our 4th amendment right to privacy. Has the Freedom of Information Act opened the door to criminals to exploit the personal information of citizen or has "information" become the next economic "BOOM".
Just recently, the Treasury Department issued a warning to taxpayers of the largest phone fraud in IRS history, which has affected over a million people. One such victim is North Carolina pastor Al Cadenhead, who received a call from a woman claiming to be an IRS agent, leaving a message that if Cadenhead did not call back, he might end up in legal trouble. He did call back. The woman gave a name and a badge number and informed him, “they were filing a warrant for his arrest for tax fraud.” So for the next several hours, he made multiple withdrawals from his bank and sent the scammers money in the form of pre-paid debit cards for a total of $16,000. The IRS is estimating the total amount of money has now grown to $26 million, involving people from all walks of life, including doctors, engineers and lawyers. I ask how is this possible?
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