As the end-of-year paperwork is being mailed out for tax preparation, scammers are also preparing themselves to get in on the tax action.
The IRS has issued some new Consumer Alerts regarding Tax Scams:
IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scams
“An aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.”
Surge in Email, Phishing and Malware Schemes
“The IRS has issued several alerts about the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scammers trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity and assets. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, fax or email to set up their victims. When identity theft takes place over the web (email), it is called phishing.”
Tax Refund Scam Artists Posing as Taxpayer Advocacy Panel
“According to the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), taxpayers are receiving emails that appear to be from TAP about a tax refund. These emails are a phishing scam, where unsolicited emails which seem to come from legitimate organizations — but are really from scammers — try to trick unsuspecting victims into providing personal and financial information. Do not respond or click the links in them. If you receive an email that appears to be from TAP regarding your personal tax information, please forward it to email@example.com and note that it seems to be a scam email phishing for your information.”
There are more out there so please make sure your data and information stay safe this tax season! Refer to the IRS website to stay updated on all the scams they’ve heard about and are warning the public of: https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts.