Earlier this week, the IRS kicked off its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams. For 12 consecutive week days, the agency is highlighting one scam a day to help raise awareness among taxpayers, businesses and tax professionals about these potential threats. The first few scams highlighted are internet phishing scams that lead to tax-related fraud, identity theft, and phone scams where criminals pose as IRS agents to try and steal money or personal information.
There are several new variations in phishing schemes that the IRS is seeing already this year. One variation involves the taxpayers own bank account. After stealing personal information and filing a fraudulent tax return, the criminals use the victim’s bank account to direct deposit tax refunds. The fraudsters then use various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayer, including falsely claiming to be from a collection agency or the IRS. The IRS offers several tips if a taxpayer notices an unexpected deposit in their bank account.
As for the phone scams, criminals make phone calls and leave voicemails urging the victim to call them back and try to bully them into paying a bogus tax bill by sending cash through a wire transfer, or a prepaid debit or gift card. The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment or threaten to bring in police to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
Please see additional information and tips using the resource link below. A new “dirty dozen” scam will be added to the site every weekday through March 19.