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ACCURACY - COMMITMENT- INTEGRITY  


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BEWARE OF PHISHING SCHEMES

The
IRS does not initiate to callwith taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal and financial information such as credit cards or debit cards, banks or other financial accounts.


If you get an e-mail or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information,DO NOT REPLY!  And delete the message. Don’t cut and paste the link from the message into your Internet browser – phishers can make links look real, but it actually sends you to a different site.

SCAMMERS IMPERSONATING IRS AGENTS


Scammers are targeting taxpayers by calling and claim to be employees of the IRS with bogus IRS identification badge numbers and fake names. Taxpayer victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. DO NOT attempt to make any payments or giving out your bank account information...

  • IRS will never call to demand immediate payment using specific payment method such as prepaid debit, gift card or wire transfer.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount


RECENT TAX SCAMS

Scammers are constantly identifying new tactics to carry out their crimes such as...

  • E-mail scam that uses a corporate officer's name to request employee W-2 from payroll or human resources department
  • Sending fake emails claiming to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act
  • Targeting students and parents via telephone
  • Verifying tax return information over the phone
  • Soliciting W-2
  • Pretending to be from the preparation industry


HOW TO REPORT TAX-RELATED SCHEMES, SCAMS, IDENTITY THEFT and FRAUD


You may report various types of tax illegal activities to...

  • https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/ Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration or call at 800-366-4484.
  • If you receive an unsolicited e-mail communication claiming to be from the IRS, please forward the original message to: phishing@irs.gov
  • If you believe you’ve been a victim of a scam, you can file a complaint and visit the FTCs Identity Theft website at www.ftc.gov/idtheft.


IDENTITY THEFT HELP AT A Glance

If your Social Security Number (SSN) has been compromised, take these actions: 

  • File a police report
  • Alert or call your financial institutions and close any accounts opened without your knowledge
  • Fill-up IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit
  • File an FTC complaint
  • Contact one of the three credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your account:


  • www.Equifax.com

  • 1-800-525-6285

  • www.Experian.com

  • 1-888-397-3742

  • www.TransUnion.com

  • 1-800-680-7289


 

Don’t fall victim to tax scams and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!