Tax scams take many different forms. Recently, the most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who claim to be from the IRS. They use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try to steal your money. Also, they may try to steal your identity. Here are some tips from the IRS to help you avoid becoming a victim of these types of tax scams:
The real IRS will not:
- Initiate contact with you by phone, email, text message or go to social networks to ask for your personal or financial information.
- Call and demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call on taxes to be sorry without an invoice.
- Require you to pay your taxes in a certain way. For example, telling you to pay with a card prepaid debit card.
Be careful if you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS requires you to pay immediately. Here are some steps you can take to prevent and stop these scams.
If you do not need taxes or have reason to believe that you must:
- Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use the website” Impersonation Scam IRS Reporting” to report the incident.
- Advises the Federal Trade Commission about the incident. Use the “option Complaint Assistant FTC” in FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to comments on your report.
If you think you might want to have taxes:
- Order the phone number where you can call back and badge number of the employee.
- Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS employees can help.
In most cases, this type of scam happens when an unsolicited email and false claims to be from the IRS. They often use false refunds, false tax invoices or threat of an audit. Some emails contain links to simulated websites that seem real. The objective is to attract scammerâ€™s victims to provide personal and financial information. If they get what they want, use this information to steal money and identity of the victim.
If you receive an email from “phishing”, the IRS offers these tips:
- Do not respond to the message.
- Do not give out personal or financial information.
- Forward the email to [email protected]. Then delete it.
- Do not open any attachments or click on any links. They may have a malware that infects your computer.
Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a sign of attraction. Learn how to report phishing scams or telephone is available on IRS.gov.
A great way to get information about taxes is using social media IRS. You can also subscribe to Tax Tips from the IRS or any of the subscriptions e-news.
Additional Resources IRS:
- Tips for Identity Protection
- Page on Identity Theft
IRS YouTube videos:
- Tax Scams
- Questions and Answers About the IRS Identity Theft - First Steps To Victims
- Questions and Answers About the IRS Identity Theft - Finding Thieves
- Tax Scams
- Identity Theft: Identity Theft Protection
- Questions and Answers on IRS Identity Theft - First Steps victims
Questions and Answers on IRS Identity Theft - Finding Thieves