IRS Scam Precaution
From the Office of Director of Public Safety, Anna Ruzinski
The New Year brings a new focus on the preparing and filing of tax returns, and it can also lead to an increase in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scams. Here are two scams that you should be aware of
IRS Impersonation Telephone Scams:
Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid immediately through pre-paid credit cards, gift cards or a wire transfer. Victims are threatened with arrest if they don’t follow the directions of the caller. This is often a recorded message, but may be a live person who may become hostile, insulting and ask for private information.
The IRS does not:
IRS Phishing Scams:
Emails or text messages that appear to be from a tax professional requesting personal information for an IRS form. These messages sometimes provide links to false websites intended to mirror the official IRS website and often include the language “you are to update your IRS e-file immediately.” Messages may carry malware that can infect your device and allow criminals to access your financial files.
How you can recognize Phishing emails:
Tip 1: Look but don’t click
Tip 2: Check for spelling mistakes
Tip 3: Analyze the salutation
Tip 4: Don’t give up personal information
Tip 5: Review the signature