The IRS Warns of Scams During Tax Season
Since we are in the beginning of tax season, everyone is getting ready and waiting on all their tax forms so they can file their taxes and get their returns. With all the money coming back to people means, scams will be in full force.
If you do receive and email that says it is from the IRS and it asks for personal information don't fall for it. In fact don't open the email and/or any attachments. Do not send any personal information through email. If you feel that it is a scam then forward the email to email@example.com.
If you receive a phone call from someone from the IRS, don't give them any of your personal information. In fact, take their name, their badge number if you are able to get it from them and the phone number they called from. Then tell them you will call back. Then call the IRS at 1-800-366-4484 to confirm that they are indeed trying to contact you. If you find that it is a scam then you can report the scam here or email firstname.lastname@example.org with all the details.
If you receive a text claiming to be from the IRS, don't reply to the text or open any attachments they might have included. Don't click any of the links that might be included. Forward to text to the IRS as it was send to you, 202-552-1226. Then in a separate text send the originating number. Standard Text messaging rates apply. Delete the text.
These are just a few of the phishing scams. In this day and age, people are going to try to steal your money any way they can. Please be aware of these scams, because you don't want to lose the money your earned. Double check everything before you open or respond. Do your homework and be prepared.