Well it’s tax season again and people are gearing up to prepare their tax returns in hope of getting just a little bit back from old Uncle Sam. Every year however people are scammed into giving away important information that ultimately leads to an identity theft. Tax time can be a confusing and hectic time for some and leaves them open to scammers impersonating the IRS and other government agencies.
What the Scam looks like.
These tax related scams often times manifest themselves in the form of an email. The sender will often times impersonate the IRS or the treasury and include attention grabbing titles like “Tax Refund” or “IRS Notice.” The email will then inform you that you need to provide information to them in order to receive your refund or to prevent from paying a penalty or fee. Also scammers use fake or phony websites to try and steal information from their victims. These websites might look identical to the IRS but are used by the criminals to trick users into entering data into them.
What you should know.
You should know that the IRS does not send unsolicited e-mails to tax pays. So if you do not contact them via email then it’s not really the IRS. Also many of these emails are sent by individuals who’s first language isn’t English. So look out for unusual grammar and sentence structure because these are dead giveaways. When presented with a IRS website make sure the URL starts with http://www.irs.gov/. If it does not it’s not the real IRS website and you should leave.
Every year new scams come out and scammers find new and interesting ways to take advantage of unsuspecting people. So keep your eyes open and your information safe this tax season.