SITREP - November 3rd, 2013
It’s been a relatively slow week in Washington. The main news of the week is already splashed all over everybody’s screens, so I’m not going to pile on too much more. I’ll just leave it at this: The President’s healthcare plan isn’t exactly performing as promised. Saturday Night Live joked about the website, saying that is was only designed to handle six users at a time. As it turned out, back in the real world, only six people actually registered successfully the first day. Supporters remain hopeful that the government’s ability to manage the entire United States’ healthcare system is better than their ability to manage a complicated website. Some of us remain a little… skeptical
The other main news this week is that millions of people are being kicked off of their healthcare plans… despite the President’s repeated assurances before and long after the bill was signed into law that “if you like yourhealthcare, you can keep it. Period.”
The “period” above was the President’s addition.
In any case, that’s the main Washington news of the week. Back home, we have an issue that I really wanted to make sure you all are aware of (and on guard against). The IRS put out an official warning on Thursday highlighting a complicated phone scam that is currently targeting people all over the country.
In short, somebody claiming to be from the IRS calls your home insisting that you owe the IRS money. If you don’t pay promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer, you’re going to jail and all kinds of other terrible things.
This is a scam.
They may offer fake IRS badge numbers, bogus toll-free IRS phone numbers, or a spoofed “IRS Call Center” thing on your caller ID. Still a scam. I want to make sure everybody is aware of that.
Identity-theft related tax fraud, in particular, has hit our state hard. So much so that one of the first pieces of legislation I introduced focused on trying to improve cooperation between the local law enforcement agencies who were catching people obviously engaged in tax fraud and getting the federal government to actually prosecute. It remains a challenge.
Scammers keep innovating, so it’s important to always remain on guard. If something doesn’t sound right, trustyour gut. Ask for things in writing and then follow up with your own homework. If you ever have a question about whether something is legitimate, please let me know. If somebody is trying to scam you, they are almost certainly trying to scam others as well. We’ll make sure the authorities are aware and take it seriously.
As always, if there is anything my staff or I can do to be of service, please let me know. And please forward this on to others so that they are aware of the scam as well.