When you realize you have been misled and ripped off by a scammer you want to know two things; how do I get my money back, and how do I bring due justice to these callous imposters who feel no remorse whatsoever in causing harm to innocent people like myself?
I get calls every week asking me why there are so many bogus companies offering tax resolution services. After being in this industry for nearly thirty years I can boil the answer to that question down to the following. Unlicensed company owners. No oversight by regulatory agencies. Inexperienced staff. Unethical operators looking to make an easy buck offering services that they have no business to be offering. This racket has been ongoing since the early 1900s. A few companies have been brought to justice, most simply disappear and get away scot free.
If you have been victimized by a bogus tax resolution firm and want to know how best to get your money back and bring justice to your would-be scammer here is my advice based on my nearly thirty years of observation and experience.
First, you must bring HOT LEGAL HEAT down on the scammer. This does not mean you have to hire a lawyer. You can do this quick and easy by simply filing a consumer fraud complaint form to the attorney general of the state in which the scammer is located. Click on the link below for the most common state attorney general you will need to contact.
Second, you must COMPLAIN TO THE IRS about the scammer. This too is quick and easy to do with a form that you complete and send to them. Click link below to do this.
Third, file a COMPLAINT WITH THE FTC. Once again, quick and east to do. Click link below.
Fourth, if an attorney works for the scammer file an ETHICS COMPLAINT with the attorney’s state bar. See link below.
Fifth, expose the scammer on the most widely used internet review sites, such as Yelp and the Better Business Bureau. See links below.
Do not settle for anything less than a full refund of your money, and apology from the would-be scammer. This is the least they can do for the trouble that they have created for you. If you wish to speak with me for further guidance please feel free to contact me for a free consultation.