With Tax season approaching quickly, we want you to be prepared for scammers. We are sharing some of the most common tax related scam.
If you receive calls from an employee of the IRS that are aggressive in nature they are most likely part of IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scam. These representatives will use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers to gather personal informative from you.
Note that the IRS will never:
•Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
•Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
•Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
The IRS saw an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents in the 2016 tax season. Scam emails are designed to trick taxpayers into thinking these are official communications from the IRS or others in the tax industry, including tax software companies. This scam is used to gather information about your tax return. You are risking losing money owed to you if you are not aware.
What do you do if you get these messages?
•Do not respond to the email or click on the links.
•Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org
REMEMBER: The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. In addition, IRS does not threaten taxpayers with lawsuits, imprisonment or other enforcement action. Being able to recognize these tell-tale signs of a phishing or tax scam could save you from becoming a victim.