Beware of Tax Scams!
During tax season, it is more important than ever to protect your confidential information and avoid common tax scams.
Tax season is approaching and your tax record includes some of your most confidential information.
The potential for easy access to all that information also makes tax season a lucrative period for criminals eager to try new identity-theft scams. Stay on guard by being aware of these common tax scams:
- Emails or phone calls claiming to be from the IRS that request additional personal or financial information to process your refund or offer to help you receive your refund faster
- IRS impersonators using social media channels to get unsuspecting victims to click on wayward links
- Dishonest tax-return preparers, who may skim a portion of their clients’ refunds, charge inflated fees or make false promises to attract new clients
Here are some tips to help you protect yourself from falling victim to tax scams:
- Never give out any personal or financial information in response to an email or phone call you did not initiate
- Avoid opening links in emails claiming to be from the IRS. A suspicious email or an IRS web address that does not begin with https://www.irs.gov should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Be wary of any tax preparer who may promise faster or more significant refunds if you pay a higher preparation fee
- File electronically—this method is more secure and faster than using mail to submit paper tax returns
Star One encourages you to view the following publications for more information:
- IRS' Taxes. Security. Together
- NCCIC's: Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft
- IRS and NCCIC Caution Users: Prepare for Heightened Phishing Risk This Tax Season
Learn more about protecting yourself from online scams and fraud.