To be sure to be sure ... As per the weekend taxing cruise water coolers a specter of few bad apples in selected agencies is haunting workplaces ... "People like you" public servant wins ebullying case
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Tell Me Something I Don't Know (Rebroadcast)
Season 5, Episode 46 On this week's episode of Freakonomics Radio, a live game show with host Stephen Dubner, and judges Malcolm Gladwell, Ana Gasteyer, and David Paterson. Audience members are invited onstage to tell us something we didn't know. Season 5, Episode 46 On this week's episode of Freakonomics Radio, a live game show with host Stephen Dubner, and judges Malcolm Gladwell, Ana Gasteyer, and David Paterson. Audience members are invited onstage to tell us something we didn't know.
The Future (Probably) Isn't as Scary as You Think
Internet pioneer Kevin Kelly tries to predict the future by identifying what's truly inevitable. How worried should we be? Yes, robots will probably take your job — but the future will still be pretty great. The post The Future (Probably)
World's ‘quiet catastrophe’: Millions of idle men
Jack Townsend, Creative But Unsuccessful 2255 Proceeding with Interesting, but Unproven, Allegations. “These proceedings are very common, particularly federal prisoners who have some time on their hands and can proceed pro se. Bertram proceeded pro se, but the petition reflects a lot of research and creativity.”
TaxGrrrl, Dozens Arrested In IRS Phone Scam Call Center Raids: “Reports from those involved in the latest arrests indicate that, with this particular network, the bogus calls had been made from as many as seven call centers outside of Mumbai for more than a year, netting around 10m rupees per day ($149,835.20 US), or nearly 700 times the average monthly wage for Indian workers.” Creative Cybercriminals
Kay Bell, Indian officials raid U.S. telephone tax scam centers. “I’ve received six (so far) such IRS impersonator calls, although mine have been mechanical orders to pay up, not from a living, breathing crook.”
These fake “IRS” calls are a plague. While well-informed taxpayers just hang up on them, there are plenty of others.Police in the western Indian city of Thane have arrested more than 750 people suspected of defrauding US citizens from a fake call centre.Officers say the suspects obtained lists of US tax defaulters and used threats to obtain their bank details.
The scam is said to have netted more than $150,000 (£118,000) a day, making it one of the biggest frauds in India’s history.
What’s interesting here is that the report says that they had actual lists of “tax defaulters.” I suspect that is an error, as the IRS doesn’t release such lists and there is no central database of tax liens, as far as I know. If somebody from IRS is providing such lists to scammers, that’s a huge story. I think it’s more likely that they are just using lists of phone numbers associated with names. IRS scam calls are usually random, to people who don’t have tax problems in the first place.
This is also interesting:
Police say those involved in the scam at the Indian end retained 70% of the earnings, with 30% going to their US collaborators.The idea of on-shore involvement in these things surprises me. Maybe it shouldn’t.
While I suspect that there are a lot of these outfits, it would be nice if this puts a dent in the scam IRS call racket. Anything that keeps the scammers on the run is good.
Meanwhile, remember that the IRS doesn’t call you out of the blue. They never threaten to arrest you over the phone. They never ask for your credit or debit card information over the phone to collect, and they don’t accept iTunes gift cards.
(1) On Al Jazeera's Listening Post, a deep dive on whether moderators should fact-check. (2) Even Prime Ministers are calling it "post-truth" now. (H/t Alberto Puoti.) (3) Who do Americans think gets the facts right most of the time? (4) Trump, a blessing and a curse for political fact-checking. (5) A Rasmussen poll says that most voters (who were asked this arguably "leading" question) don't trust media fact-checking, but a SurveyMonkey poll says many voters consulted a fact-checking site during the first presidential debate. UKIP's Steven Woolfe will be kept in hospital for a further 48 hours following an altercation with a colleague in the European Parliament. Fellow MEP Nathan Gill said Mr Woolfe would remain under observation in Strasbourg "as a precaution". He also said Mr Woolfe had "reached out a hand of friendship" to the other MEP involved in the incident, Mike Hookem. Officials at the Parliament have launched an inquiry into what they said were "extremely serious" events. UKIP has launched its own internal investigation into what happened on Thursday, amid reports the two MEPs were involved in a fracas following a meeting of party representatives Fracas of familiar note ...