Tax Season Means Tax Scams

Last month, the IRS warned of a new email scam that seemed to target Hotmail account users. With this scheme, phishing emails were sent out under the guise of being from the IRS. If you used a link within that email, it redirected you to a Microsoft page, where the user was asked to enter personal and/or financial information. 

The websites associated with this particular scam have since been disabled but it is still important to be vigilant. As a new tax season begins, keep in mind scammers will be revving up their efforts to steal YOUR money.  

Here are some reminders about the IRS. They will NEVER:

  • Call about past due taxes without having mailed several notices first
  • Call to demand payment including threats to involve law enforcement and have you arrested
  • Call or email asking you to divulge personal and/or financial information
  • Require payment without allowing you to appeal or even question the amount due
  • Require you to use a specific payment method like a pre-paid debit card
  • Ask for your credit/debit card and/or bank information over the phone 

If you get a phone call from someone doing one of the items listed above, your best bet is to hang up immediately.

 

Sources: Forbes and Internal Revenue Service

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