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Caveat Venditor

We’re all too familiar with the doctrine of “caveat emptor”, or buyer beware, which places all responsibility for a bad deal on the shoulders of the consumer.  Caveat venditor reverses that responsibility, placing all responsibility upon the seller.  With financial products and services, both are true, as the case below shows.  A quick check with http://brokercheck.finra.org/ …Read More


IRS Makes It Easy to Pay Your Federal Student Tax On The Phone

Well, that’s a myth.  There is no such thing as a “Federal Student Tax ” (other than the larcenous interest rates they charge students)  But here are some recent things scammers do that IRS definitely will NOT do: Demanding immediate tax payment for taxes owed on an iTunes gift card. Soliciting W-2 information from payroll …Read More


RELAX, IRS has eliminated Fraud

Wish this was true, but it’s yet another Financial Myth.  You can read the whole article here, or, my abridged version below.http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Warns-Taxpayers-to-Guard-Against-New-Tricks-by-Scam-Artists It’s good to know the 5 things IRS will not do: Angrily demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill. Threaten …Read More