With tax season upon us, it’s time to turn our attention to the risk of scammers! Scamming take many forms but during tax season, be on the lookout for phony emails, phone emails and phone calls. These scammers mimic the IRS and very convincingly ask for private information. Often times the threat is under the guise of you receiving checks in the form of additional refunds, economic stimulus checks or other bogus monies. Don’t believe them! It is your account they are looking to access to give themselves a little extra cash!
Remember! The IRS will never contact someone by email, and if you are so tempted to open one that is sent to you, you may just end up with a virus. Do not open! If you are truly receiving a tax refund, you will receive a notice in the mail.
If you do get a call from someone saying they are from the IRS, ask for their badge number and call back. You can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS never needs to ask for PIN numbers or passwords. If they need access to your bank account, they can just do it.
Be safe and smart during tax season and stay a step ahead of these scammers!!!