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Tax Defense Network Scam Hall of Shame Part II: ID Phishing Scam

November 29, 2011

ID Phishing is an attempt to get you to scam yourself. The criminal is usually a cyber scam expert who may use several means to get you to voluntarily reveal personal information. The scam artist can then use the stolen ID to abuse the U.S income tax process.

Spyware is a program used to scam tax identity information from your computer. Like a Trojan horse, this scam must get inside your computer to work its evil. If you receive an email from an unknown sender, you may be looking at a scam in the making. Clicking on an emailed link may take you to an online site that will download a spyware program onto your computer. Opening an e-mail attachment is another way identity thieves can scam personal tax information.

The main goal of the scam artist is to profit from your stolen identity. A fraudulent tax return filed with your personal information can allow the thief to collect your tax refund. With access to your name, social security number, and other personal information they can impersonate you, and scam any entity that might owe you money. Just as ID thieves once used this information to scam banks out of loans, some bold villains are now using this same scam on the IRS.

The tax scam world says a victim is born every minute. Trusting strange emails is the best way to find yourself the next tax scam victim. Even social media may be used by these tax cons. Do not open any link or attachment unless you trust the sender. IRS impersonation scams are abundant during tax season, leaving many taxpayers with the burden of tax debt. When in doubt, remember the IRS rarely, if ever, sends emails to taxpayers. If you are unsure if the email you receive is legitimate, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

Reporting a Suspected ID Phishing Scam

ID Phishing is a serious crime. Any “IRS” Web address that isn’t www.irs.gov, or any suspected scam email should be reported at phishing@irs.gov. Tax Defense Network strongly urges you to take every action needed to protect your valuable identity. If your personal information may have been stolen and used in a tax scam, please contact the IRS Identity Protection Unit at 1-800-908-4490 immediately.

Tax Defense Network: Your Scam Defense

Tax Defense Network has proudly provided needed tax relief to honest hardworking taxpayers for 15 years. Unfortunately, tax scam artists are out there. We strive to protect your identity information with strict data security. Tax Defense Network is your reliable scam defense. We have earned an A- Better Business Bureau rating because of our trustworthy and reliable representation of taxpayers just like you. Call Tax Defense Network today for solid tax relief advice, with top data security measures to protect you from identity theft.

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