The IRS is a common lure for scammers this time of year. These tax scams take many different forms. The most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be representing the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to attempt to steal money from taxpayers. Identity theft is often another motive.
Fake IRS Calls
Be wary of phone calls or automated messages from anyone who claims to be from the IRS. Frequently these criminals will tell you that you owe money. They also demand payment immediately. Other times scammers will lie and claim you are due a refund. The thieves ask for bank account information over the phone.
IRS employees will never:
Fake IRS Emails
In most cases, an IRS phishing scam is an unsolicited, bogus email that claims to come from the IRS. Criminals often use fake refunds, phony tax bills or threats of an audit. Some emails link to fake websites that look real. The scammer’s objective is to convince you to give them your personal and financial information. If they get what they’re after, they use it to steal your money and identity.
If you receive a “phishing” email, remember these important tips:
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