Identity thieves and criminal syndicates continue to persist and evolve and tax time
remains a prime target for those wanting to steal your identity or scam you out of money. It’s important that everyone take steps to protect their personal and financial data online and at home and remain vigilant.
The IRS warns about IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scams and Email Phishing Scams. Scammers often send an email or call to lure victims to give up their personal and financial information. The crooks then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money. These con artists are very convincing and usually alter the caller ID to make it appear the IRS is calling.
If you receive an unexpected phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS: Ask for a call back number and an employee badge number. If you believe you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to work out a payment issue. If you do not believe you owe taxes, then contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484 or at www.tigta.gov
to report the incident. You may also report it to the Federal Trade Commission by using their “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov
and adding "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
If you receive a phishing email: don't open any attachments or click any links and don't reply to the message or give out any personal or financial information. Forward the email to email@example.com
and then delete it. Here’s a recent example of a phishing email we received:
The more vigilant and careful you are, the less likely you will fall victim to their schemes. There are several steps you can take to minimize your risk of tax ID theft.
We want to remind you to always use a secure method to deliver your financial information to us and any other service provider. Instead of sending a regular email and attaching your files, please use our Secure Email.
If you send files back and forth with us frequently, we can set up a Client Portal for you to use, which requires a secure login and provides a secure connection. Of course, if you prefer not to transmit data electronically, you can always bring in your information personally.