With tax season upon us, cyber criminals are already hard at work to claim your tax refunds. These fraudsters are continuing to find new, clever ways to obtain your Social Security number (SSN) and other key personal information in order to file tax returns early in the season before you have a chance.
Last tax season, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirmed over 649,000 fraudulent returns were filled attempting to claim $3.1 billion in refunds.
Today, fraudsters use mail, telephone, email and text messages to set up individuals and businesses for a scam. Beware of these top tax scams currently circulating around the United States:
For a complete list of known tax scam, visit the IRS’ website.
As a reminder, the IRS does not use unsolicited emails, text messages or phone calls to verify sensitive data, relay the status of a refund or share sensitive documentation such as a tax transcript. If you suspect something is not right, follow your gut and don’t engage. Report any suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to verify contact from the IRS, contact your local IRS office directly.
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