Thursday February 2, 2017

Scam of the Month: Tax Scams

Even though the IRS halts many attempts at fraud, they still saw a 400% increase in reported phishing and malware incidents for the 2016 tax season and identified 42,000 fraudulent tax returns with $227 million in stolen refunds. Thieves accomplish this by using your social security number to file a return that sends the refunds to themselves.

Here are some ways to reduce your risk:

Contact the IRS if you get a notice indicating any of the following:

Other scams using the IRS name
These scams may occur through e-mail, fax or phone:

  1. Fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act. Scammers send a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices that includes a fake CP2000 as an attachment.

  2. “Robo-calls” with urgent callback requests telling taxpayers to call back and settle their “tax bill.”

  3. Calls from scammers who claim to have your tax return, but need to verify a few details to process your return. They’ll encourage to you provide personal (e.g. a social security number) or financial information (e.g. bank or credit card numbers)


Fear you’ve been scammed? Visit the FTC’s Identity Theft site to report and recover from identity theft.