Taxes are top of mind this year - not just for those of us filing them - for scammers too. Here's some information along with some resources to help keep your personal information and your refund where they belong: with you.
IRS Scam Warning Signs
Receiving a call from the IRS about an issue with your taxes
Scammers often use fake caller IDs with Washington D.C. area codes - don't be fooled. The IRS makes contact by mail first.
Receiving an email from the IRS
Remember, the IRS makes contact by mail first.
Attempts to coerce you into taking immediate action.
Using fear tactics and threats you don't follow their instructions.
Steps to Take if You Suspect a Scam
IRS representatives have two forms of ID - a pocket commission and HSPD-12 card. Ask for them and then verify them with the IRS.
If you receive an email, don't click on any links or respond. Forward it to the IRS at email@example.com, then delete it.
If you're contacted by phone and it's obviously a scam, hang up.
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