As summer begins, the IRS warns about tax scams that have a high potential to occur at this time of year. With taxes just filed, many people are expecting to hear from the IRS, but beware!
Never give out your social security number, account numbers, or passwords/PINs. If you are asked for personal information, hang up! Get in touch with the agency that is contacting you using a number that you have on file for them and know to be accurate. The IRS can be reached at 1.800.829.1040.
The IRS does not leave pre-recorded messages or send emails, so if you receive one, you can be pretty sure it’s a scam. The IRS will also not call and require payment over the phone. These calls are made under threat of serious action being taken without immediate payment, not a tactic employed by the IRS. Suspicious emails should be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IRS website has a list of signs to look out for to prevent scams. They also include steps to take in the event anything suspicious is sent to you. Looking for more information? Forbes shares a list of the 12 most popular tax scams. Please educate yourself and be aware to save yourself a lot of headache in the future!