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Six Tax Scams to Avoid
Six Tax Scams to Avoid1/18/2018

Tax time is here! And reports of scams are rising. Make sure you and your family are aware of the scams going on, so you can keep your finances and personal information safe!

Phishing scams. Fake emails or websites impersonating the IRS lure victims into sharing sensitive information.

Phone scams. Criminals pretending to represent the IRS call victims demanding immediate payment and risk of arrest.

Identity theft. Scammers pose as accountants or tax-return preparers, filing tax refunds using victims’ Social Security numbers.

Fake charities. Bogus charity funds preying on victims who have just received their tax returns.

Inflated refund claims. Scammers promise inflated refunds in exchange for a signed tax return.

Falsify income to claim increased credits. Criminals persuade victims to claim income that didn’t happen with the goal of producing a higher return.

Report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS-related function to If you've experienced any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident, please report it to the Treasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA) and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant to make the information available to investigators.


Your Turn: Have you heard of tax scams not on this list? Share your knowledge with us so we can learn together.

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