TaxAdjusting.com Scam Alert
A new website has just appeared on the suspected scam radar. This time it is a Tax Preparation and Consulting site at http://taxadjusting.com just registered on 3/23/15 and hosted at IP address 18.104.22.168 on Vooservers in the UK, which is in the same IP range and the host of MANY known fake business websites that are/were used as a front for various work at home employment scams. The address on the website is 6435 W Jefferson Blvd,
Ft Wayne, IN 46804 Phone: (317) 644-6920. A google search on this address shows a business called Pak Mail as the actual tenant at that address.
UPDATE 4/15/15: Just an FYI, an additional identical website at http://taxadjustingusa.com was just registered 04/14/2015 using the same website and business address as http://taxadjusting.com. Taxadjustingusa.com is hosted at IP address 22.214.171.124. More than likely it was created as a diversion since creating additional domains and websites seems to be the normal practice with most all of their fake businesses we have previously exposed here. Changing website addresses however doesn’t change the legitimacy or these scammers intentions, so beware!
This type of work at home scam using fake tax preparing websites work the same way as all the other money mule operations we have previously posted articles about. They pursue and hire jobseekers with resumes posted Careerbuilder, Monster.com etc with an enticing job offer which is actually nothing more than an illegal money mule scam.
A previous Tax scam these criminals ran a year ago at taxexpressgroupinc.com offered a home based adminstrative “Operator” position and they required the employees bank account to receive and then process tax refunds for their “out of country” clients who had worked in the USA. They would deposit Tax Refunds in the employees bank account saying it was the out of country clients refund and the employee’s job was to was to withdraw the refund, go to Western Union, document and send the funds to the out of country tax payer! However, the funds they deposited in the employees bank account was stolen and the “out of country” client the employee wired the tax refund to was actually the criminals!
So Beware! If you were contacted by someone offering a work at home job with Tax Adjusting USA, do NOT reply or accept the job and never provide them with any of your personal details! Below is a screenshot of the website at http://taxadjusting.com
And below is a screenshot of the “webpanel” located at http://taxadjusting.com/panel. This is where they can discreetly and privately give specific instructions and details to their “employees” about the wire transfers overseas without being traced. It’s the same backoffice site this particular group of scam artists use in all their money mule scams.
What To Do If You Are A Victim Of A Money Mule Scam
If you think you may have fell victim to the scam at http://taxadjusting.com or a similar scam, you need to contact your bank immediately and close your account, hopefully BEFORE they try to reverse the transaction. Next file a police report with your local authorities and then file a complaint with the FBI’s internet crime center at http://www.ic3.gov/
Next you need to contact the 3 credit bureaus- TransUnion, Equifax and Experian, and place a fraud alert on your report. These scammers now has your Social Security number so they can steal your identity and may try and obtain credit in your name. This will alert you for at least 90 days about any suspicious activity.
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