How to Spot a Tax Scam

Brothers and Sisters with Tax season upon us we wanted to send some notes on how to stay safe and avoid being involved with a scam.

Phone Calls Scams

Although each call may be slightly different, they all begin the same way—an unexpected caller who claims to represent a government agency. The agency’s name may even show on caller ID. You might get a prerecorded message that demands a callback or a caller may say you owe taxes, and if you don’t pay immediately, you risk arrest. In a recent twist, a caller may tell you your Social Security Number has been or will be suspended, and you need to confirm your number to reactivate it. Never provide any information about yourself over the phone, even if the caller knows the last four digits of your Social Security Number and says they’re just verifying the number. Hang up. If you are unsure about the status of your taxes visit the IRS website and review.

Email Tax Scams

Another common scam comes through an official-sounding email that supposedly comes from the IRS. Often, these “phishing” emails invite you to click a link for information about your tax return or refund. They may include a temporary password. The link will appear to lead to IRS.gov, but it actually will send you to a fake website that tricks you into giving out personal information.

The IRS will never contact you by email, text message or social media.

Fake IRS emails usually have eye-catching subject lines like “IRS Important Notice” or “IRS Taxpayer Notice” because they’re very effective at getting people to open them.

The scammers may spoof the sender’s email address to make it look like it came from the IRS, and once opened, it may even have the official IRS logo.

Clicking the link could download malware that infects your computer. From there, it’s easy for the scammer to gain access to your financial information.

You can find out more information from the IRS about Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts at the following Link