The tax filing season is stressful enough without taxpayers having to worry about falling prey to tax scams. It is during tax filing when taxpayers share sensitive information with the IRS, which tax frauds try to steal in order to file fraudulent tax returns on the behalf. Tax Defense Network strongly believes the best defense against these scams is knowing the various schemes tax thieves use during tax season.
Email Phishing Threat
Unsolicited emails with links or attachments are a threat. Any unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, a bank, or any well-known organization that directs to a link or an attachment is a phishing attempt. It leads to a fake web page that asks you to share tax information, which will land straight into the hands of tax frauds. The attachments might also contain viruses that may be used to steal information from your computer. Currently, there is a fraudulent scheme targeting the IRS’ Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) users.
Phone Call Scams
Unsolicited phone calls offering tax help can lure taxpayers to share their tax information. Calls from the IRS or tax professionals can sometimes be tax frauds trying to get your sensitive information. It is essential for taxpayers to know that the IRS never uses emails to initiate communication with taxpayers, and they should ask for an I.D. number from whoever calls them about their taxes.
Messages on Mobile and Social Networking Sites
Messages on mobile or social networking sites regarding tax filing failures, tax debts or tax refunds are most definitely a phishing attempt. Never reply or investigate by visiting their web pages, as it may contain malware. Instead, visit the IRS website and report the phishing attempt(s).
The temptation of free tax advice, resolution of tax debt, tax preparation help, tax filing assistance and tax refund are some of the methods tax thieves use to get taxpayers to share their tax information, including their SSN, tax filing status, name, and date of birth. Keeping your tax information safe is not difficult if taxpayers are cautious about unsolicited emails, phone calls and messages.