You can easily protect yourself from the top three tax scams where thieves, posing as the IRS, steal your identity, bank account and other information. What you will learn in this short article is how identify these IRS scams and how to protect yourself from ever being a tax scam victim. Here’s what you need to know about the top three tax scams: Identity Theft, Phone Scams, and Phishing Scams:
Identity theft is where thieves obtain your personal and financial information and use your information to make fraudulent purchases in your name and commit other crimes. Identity thieves, with the right information and know how, can even use your social security number and other personal information to file a false tax return in your name and claim a bogus IRS tax refund.
If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, or if you simply want to reduce your risk of ever becoming a victim of identity theft, there’s a lot of valuable information and help available from the IRS website on their identity protection area.
A phone scam happens when thieves call you, posing to be from the IRS or other agency with the intent to steal money from you. These scam artists can be very convincing and may even use scare tactics like demanding payment immediately or threatening you with an arrest. If you ever receive a call from someone who claims they are with the IRS, whether you owe taxes or not, never provide them with any information such as your debit card or banking information to make a payment. Remember, the IRS will first contact you by mail so if you have not received any letter from the IRS, you know you are speaking with a thief.
If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe taxes, your best option is to hang up the phone with the person who contacted you and call the IRS directly or speak with one of our IRS tax consultants at Platinum Tax Defenders.
Finally, a phishing scam is where thieves use emails and websites, pretending to be IRS communications. Often times the email and websites these criminals use look exactly the same as official IRS information because they use the IRS seal and other images to make you believe the IRS is contacting you directly. The IRS will not contact you via email regarding anything related to your tax account. Furthermore, the IRS does not use social media, cellular phone text messages, or email. The IRS sends letters in the mail to you.
If you receive any request to visit a website that looks like the IRS website asking you to enter any personal information, it’s most likely a phishing scam from a thief who is attempting to steal your identity to commit crimes. Sometimes these criminals use compelling but false promises of getting you a faster tax refund or more of refund than you thought possible or even that they “found” money available to you in your tax account and want to verify your information before sending it to you.
Now you know about how to protect yourself from ever being a victim of these three most common tax scams where thieves pose as the IRS on the phone, through email, social media and on websites. Do not their tricks fool you.