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Entertainment See How the Stars are Celebrating Valentine's Day 2020

19:45  14 february  2020
19:45  14 february  2020 Source:   people.com

NYC's largest sewage plant sells out of Valentine's Day tours

  NYC's largest sewage plant sells out of Valentine's Day tours Most people associate Valentine's Day with flowers and chocolates, or perhaps a nice dinner out. But for a growing population of lovebirds in the Empire State, Valentine's Day is now synonymous with a tour of New York City's largest sewage plant.Yes, you read that correctly. The Newtown Creek Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility – an industrial plant tasked with removing pollutants from drinking water – has just become the Big Apple's unlikeliest romantic destination.

If it feels like we have far too many scams to worry about and protect ourselves from, you're correct. From robocalls about free vacations to spam text messages that lead to unsafe websites, nefarious individuals are constantly trying to trick and manipulate people out of their hard-earned money.

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Now with tax season upon us, individuals and groups will once again attempt to defraud taxpayers and the US government out of millions of dollars, using techniques and technologies that range from the old school to the cutting edge. This year is no different, and the IRS has been feverishly issuing warnings about how to spot the red flags and strategies for staying out of scammers' crosshairs.

Zoo lets you name cockroach after your ex, feed it to animal on Valentine's Day

  Zoo lets you name cockroach after your ex, feed it to animal on Valentine's Day The San Antonio Zoo will let you name a cockroach or a rat after your former lover and feed it to an animal where you can watch it livestreamed for all the world to see. The San Antonio Zoo will let you name a cockroach or a rat after your former lover and feed it to an animal where you can watch it livestreamed for all the world to see t their very first “Cry Me a Cockroach” event taking place on Valentine’s Day this Friday.

Even if you've been careful with your sensitive data, the negligence of others may have put you in harm's way. For example, in 2017, Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, lost control of customer data that included Social Security numbers, home addresses, credit card numbers, drivers' license numbers and birth dates.

a telephone box in front of a door: Tax scams can occur mutiple ways, including over the phone.© Patrick Holland/CNET

Tax scams can occur mutiple ways, including over the phone.

The company estimates that the data of 143 million people -- most in the US -- were exposed. The 2017 tax season may help reveal the extent of the damage, as identity thieves use stolen Social Security numbers to file fraudulent tax returns and receive refunds.

Some 70,000 Valentines sent to 104-year-old in tribute to military veterans

  Some 70,000 Valentines sent to 104-year-old in tribute to military veterans Some 70,000 Valentines sent to 104-year-old in tribute to military veteransSTOCKTON, Calif. (Reuters) - William White, a 104-year-old U.S. Marine veteran who earned a Purple Heart in World War Two, is celebrating Valentine's Day this year like never before, surrounded by a mountain of 70,000 love letters and well-wishes sent from all over the world.

Here's a shortlist of some of the most popular scams making the rounds -- and how to keep both your identity and tax return safe and secure.

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The IRS impersonation phone call

How it works: One of the most brazen schemes used every year is scammers calling and claiming to represent the IRS to taxpayers and demand an immediate tax payment. Calling from a phone number that appears to belong to the IRS on your caller ID, they will threaten, badger and intimidate you into making a rash decision. Usually they will often ask for a transfer of funds by gift card or wire transfer. Thieves are increasingly extending this scheme to email and social media channels.

How to protect yourself: Know that the IRS will never phone you or show up at your house to demand an immediate payment -- especially via gift card or wire transfer. Though debt collectors have been known to get pushy, an IRS representative should never berate, abuse or threaten to bring in law or immigration agencies.

A fulfilling love story: Watch Amazon robots go on Valentine’s date to promote real human connections

  A fulfilling love story: Watch Amazon robots go on Valentine’s date to promote real human connections Even the robots are feeling romantic this week at Amazon, as the tech giant shows a little love for Valentine’s Day and employees who have made a human connection at work. In a new video and blog post on Tuesday, Amazon promoted how associates across the globe have found their perfect partner while working in Amazon fulfillment centers, logistics facilities, and customer service centers.An Amazon Scout delivery robot presents a card to an Amazon Robotics device that says, “Will you be my Valentine?” and the two machines go on a date.

If someone claiming to work for the IRS calls you, the IRS says you should write down the number you received the call from, the name of the caller and then hang up. You can then call the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040 or visit irs.gov/balancedue to view your account.

Report a scam phone call with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration by calling 1-800-366-4484, or at tigta.gov. You can also call the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP or visit ftc.gov/complaint

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The surprise refund bait-and-switch

How it works: In the words of the IRS, this is a "new twist on an old scam." After criminals have secured your sensitive personal information, such as social security numbers and tax forms, they can easily file a fraudulent return on your behalf.

Once the funds hit your bank account, the scammers, impersonating someone from the IRS or a collection agent, will contact you to demand the return of the ill-gotten money -- either by depositing into an account or sending it to an address.

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How to protect yourself: Be on the alert for an unexpected tax bill, refund, or messages from the IRS or your tax preparer about multiple returns filed using your social security number. If you get an erroneous refund -- don't go out and make a major purchase; the IRS will want its money back.

If you suspect you're a victim, file a complaint with the FTC; request that the major credit bureaus put a "fraud alert" on your record, and contact the IRS at 1-800-908-4490.

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Cancel or suspend your Social Security number

How it works: Criminals are making calls and threatening to suspend or cancel your Social Security number (SSN) until your overdue taxes are paid. The scam may seem legit because the caller has some of your personal information, including the last four digits of your SSN. But as the IRS puts it: "Make no mistake… it's a scam."

How to protect yourself: If someone calls and threatens to cancel or suspend your social security number, hang up immediately. If they call back, don't answer. Write down the number and then report the call on this site, and send an email with the subject of "IRS Phone Scam" to phishing@irs.gov and include the phone number, as well as any other details that are relevant, in the body of the email.

These deals make for good last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts

  These deals make for good last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts They won’t arrive in time, but it’s the thought that counts, right?The Beats Studio 3 wireless noise-canceling headphones in shadow gray (new in box with a one-year warranty) are $190 at Daily Steals, which is even more affordable than the excellent sale price we saw during Black Friday. (You can find a few color options at Best Buy for $200, though they are $350 at most other retailers.) Click the link below, then put in the exclusive offer code VERGEBEAT3 at checkout to see the price drop.

If you do owe taxes, you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to discuss your payment options. However, your Social Security number will not be canceled or suspended.

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Fake texts, emails, or social media messages

How it works: Thieves have had years to refine their email trickery and have recently expanded into text messages and social media messages. Phishing scams have become much more sophisticated, with incredibly authentic-looking messages sent from credible-looking addresses that dupe victims into sharing sensitive information or installing malware.

One particularly bold gambit involves scammers using the IRS name and logo to warn taxpayers about the very scam they're perpetrating, before soliciting sensitive personal information. Note that attackers are increasingly targeting tax professionals in addition to taxpayers.

How to protect yourself: Be wary about any communications you receive over email, text message or social media purporting to be the IRS, a tax professional or any other financial organization. Again, the real IRS will never initiate contact to request personal or financial information.

If you do receive such a message, the IRS asks that you forward it to phishing@irs.gov. Do not reply to the original message.

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Scammers are constantly trying new things

The IRS has a dedicated Tax Scams webpage where the agency publishes warnings and updates about the current crop of scams that are being used. Additional scams the IRS has issued warnings for include "ghost tax preparers" who charge someone to do their taxes, often based on a large refund amount, and then fail to mail in the tax return -- leaving the customer with an unfiled tax return and no refund.

Spotify’s Top Love Songs Revealed

  Spotify’s Top Love Songs Revealed John Legend’s “All of Me” is proving to be a timeless track as Spotify names the 2013 hit its top love song. “All of Me” was a dedication to Legend’s then fiancee, now wife, Chrissy Teigen seven years ago. The moving ballad became Legend’s first No. 1 song in the United States and continues to break records for the singer and songwriter. With 1.1 billion streams on Spotify, “All of Me” has become the platform’s top love song, anticipating a jump in streams this Valentine’s Day.“The impact of ‘All of Me’ continues to amaze and inspire me,” Legend told Spotify. “I’m so honored to know we created something that has meant so much to so many people.

There's also a warning for a tax transcript scam that targets businesses with an Emotet malware-infected file attachment.

The biggest takeaway here is this: If the IRS needs something from you, you'll receive a letter in the mail. You won't get an email, phone call or text message. Even still, letters can be faked, so it's best to use only official IRS websites and phone numbers.

In addition to preventing your tax information from being compromised, it's also a good idea to use a password manager, two-factor authentication wherever possible, and learn how to identify robocalls.

Originally published earlier this month. Updated with new information.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban Celebrate Valentine's Day at Dollywood .
The couple tied the knot in 2006.The pair is adorable in the pic -- which was taken at Dolly Parton's amusement part, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee -- as they are cuddled up in the photo with their faces pressed together and sweet smiles on their faces.

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