I created this site to help people avoid the scams and rip-offs that are prevalent on the internet.
Glen Palo here. I am just an old internet marketing hack. I have been doing this internet marketing thingy since 1996. I have seen lots of scams and been scammed a few times. Family, friends, and hard working people everywhere need information to avoid being ripped off by the greedy scammers.
I have great wife, 5 kids and 9 grandkids. I am a brother, uncle, father, grandfather, husband, veteran, golfer, and work-at-home entrepreneur among other things. I am a Christian, world traveler, internet marketer, mentor and friend to mention a few other things.
My Navy career started in 1971. I went to boot camp in San Diego at the Recruit Training Center. My first tour of duty was at the Navy Fleet Intelligence Center, Pacific. Nearing the end of my enlistment, the FICPAC career counselor convinced me to apply for Office Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island. I received a commission as an Ensign in the Navy Supply Corps. I retired in 1991 during Desert Storm.
Like many military people retiring after 20 years of service, retirement pay does not get the bills paid. Especially in my case trying to raise 5 children. Besides getting a job, I also wanted to work for myself, be my own boss.
My mom was my inspiration. Because her career was stymied by the corporate “glass ceiling” and probably age discrimination, she wanted to start her own business. With my dad’s encouragement, she started a general construction company with one of her business associates. My mom was 64 years old at the time and the country was in the middle of the 1974 recession. I still remember the times I woke up to find my mom working on construction drawings and blueprints spread all over the dining room table.
I started my small business in 1996 providing tax preparation services to individuals and small companies. A number of my tax clients were small business owners operating out of their homes. I researched creating other sources of income, particularly on the internet since these businesses could be operated from home.
I am familiar with how the IRS works. I was an early adapter of the IRS e-file program and authorized IRS efiler. I know the IRS does not call taxpayers unless there has already been an ongoing discussion between taxpayers and the IRS. The IRS never calls asking for payment! Nor will they ever threaten arrest or legal action over the telephone.
Yet, I still receive telephone calls from people claiming to be from the IRS trying to scam me into paying taxes over the telephone.
Simply stated, if the IRS wants to contact a taxpayer, they will send a letter or notice. IRS sends millions of letters and notices to taxpayers every year. The notice usually covers a specific issue about your account or tax return. It may request payment of taxes, notify you of a change to your account or ask for additional information. They send detailed instructions.
Personally, I have received a few letters from the IRS. Things like a mismatched 1099 when a payer did not file my 1099 with the IRS. Also, on another occasion, a corrected W-2 was not filled out correctly by the issuing office (one box was left unchecked).
Please feel free to contact me. Just drop me a note or contact me firstname.lastname@example.org. I love comments.