Have you ever fallen victim to a scam? If not, you’ve certainly heard of others who have. How can you protect yourself and your loved ones from falling prey to this pervasive trend?
Stay up-to-date on the latest scams. This will put you ahead of the game in terms of preventative measures. To help you, the IRS website keeps the public updated with popular tricks scammers are using.
Some tax payers have experienced receiving emails from scammers posing as the “Taxpayer Advocacy Panel” claiming they have a refund. The scammers want you to click on their links to collect your personal information. If it seems just too good to be true, it probably is.
The IRS will only reach out to you via letter. No matter how skilled they sound or how much information they seem to know about you personally, this is not the IRS.
Remember, the IRS will NEVER:
- Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
- Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
Educate yourself and share it with others. This is the best way to keep you and your loved ones financially secure.
Remember, if you are ever contacted by the IRS, proceed with caution. Read here to learn what to do if you receive a notice. Forward any suspicious information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, it’s always best to have a professional take a look at the notice to investigate its validity. Please contact us regarding any notices you receive. We’re here to help!