Tuesday, April 12, 2016

IRS warns about identity theft

The IRS announced that there was a 400 percent increase in phishing and malware activity earlier this tax season.  Be reminded that the IRS doesn't call, threaten, or email taxpayers about their taxes.  Normally they send letters.  Here are two of the scams the IRS says to watch out for:
Phone Scams: Phone calls from criminals impersonating IRS agents remain an ongoing threat to taxpayers. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent years as scam artists threaten taxpayers with police arrest, deportation and license revocation, among other things.
Phishing: Taxpayers need to be on guard against fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. The IRS will never send taxpayers an email about a bill or refund out of the blue. Don’t click on one claiming to be from the IRS.  Be wary of strange emails and websites that may be nothing more than scams to steal personal information.

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