Same old scams, new fraudulent twists.
If you receive an email or robocall claiming there is an error in your tax returns or that you owe immediate payment & risk being apprehended by your local authorities – IT’S A SCAM.
Various types of IRS scams have been circulating for years and tend to intensify during and after tax season. This time around, criminals are attempting to ‘reclaim’ refunds from taxpayers, playing the role of debt collectors and sending fraudulent attachments.
BEWARE OF FAKE CALLS/EMAILS TO RETURN MONEY
After stealing client data from tax professionals and filing fraudulent tax returns, criminals use the taxpayers' real bank accounts to make the deposit. Thieves then use various tactics to notify tax payers that an error occurred and request a ‘return.’ Full details here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-alerts-taxpayers-about-refund-scam
BEWARE OF ‘IRS REFUND’ EMAILS
The “IRS Refunds” scam is a common tactic used by cybercriminals to trick people into opening a link or attachment associated with the email that takes taxpayers to a fake page where thieves try to steal personal information.
BEWARE OF IRS-IMPERSONATIONS
A sophisticated phone scam targets taxpayers, including recent immigrants. Callers claim to be IRS employees, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and can alter the caller ID to make it look as if the IRS is calling.
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and must pay immediately through a gift card or wire transfer. Victims may be threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Victims may be told they have a refund due in order to entice them into sharing private information. If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.
As a reminder, the IRS does NOT initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. For more tips on how recognize telltale signs of a scam, please refer to the IRS’ website: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/how-to-know-its-really-the-irs-calling-or-knocking-on-your-door-0