Beware of Scam Calls During Tax Season

Scammers work awfully hard to take your money during tax season. Do not give out any personal information over the phone, which includes your bank account information.

A general rule of thumb, if you get a call that sounds too good to be true, it more than likely is.

Computer scams are ramping up in popularity as well. Make sure not to give out information or purchase gift cards as a form of payment.

According to the IRS website, scammers often impersonate the IRS by phone, email, or even in person. There are multiple ways to stay vigilant against these schemes.

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. Typically, the IRS first mails a paper bill to a person who owes taxes.

If you are suspicious of a potential scam, please report these to the IRS. Do not click on any links, reply, or take any other actions that may put you at risk. There are specific ways to pay taxes. The agency will not leave pre-recorded, urgent, or threatening messages on an answering system. They will never threaten to bring in police, call for immediate payment with a prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer, or ask for checks to third parties. Finally, the IRS will not demand payment without giving the taxpayer an opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

Criminals can fake or spoof caller ID numbers to appear to be anywhere in the country. Scammers can even spoof an IRS office phone number or the numbers of various local, state, federal or tribal government agencies. Again, report scam calls to the IRS.

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