Unfortunately, the amount of scams out there just seem to be increasing as well. So, we need to learn some self-defense tools in regards to protecting our money and our identity.
First, let me tell you about the recent scam that I have received. Actually, I have received it twice now via phone messages. (866) area code that leaves a message telling me that I am hiding a scam on the federal government and that I need to call them back immediately to rectify. Yeah, I'll get right on that - NOT! IRS does not call as they send out letters which is the first clue. They also do not threaten with imprisonment, etc.
Below is a link to some great tips from the IRS on what they will and will not do to help you determine if it is part of a scam or not.
The link below is for the current / recent tax scams.
Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts
Know Who to Contact
One of the best self defense tools you can have is a Kubaton otherwise known as Striking Tools. These allow you to quickly be able to strike your attacker so you can scream and run away.
Here is a video on how to use one. I do not recommend this for your overall training - you should seek out local self defense training but this will give you some tips.
The Striking tools shown below are the Sock It To Me striking tools that attach to your key chain so they can always be in your hand / easily accessible. These are in different colors and are available from Damsel In Defense. You can get yours from my website www.mydamselpro.net/PRO13361.