Fraud Alert: Beware of Email Scams During Tax Season
January 25, 2016
Today, it is unfortunately too regularly that we are sharing information about scams with our clients and friends. Usually, these scams are created in an attempt to gather your personal identity and information to then be used in an array of criminal activities from credit card fraud to income tax refund fraud.
The latest scam – (click here to view sample the email) – features the subject header “2015 Tax Reduction File”. It’s intended to fool the recipient into filling out the form and submitting it. The implication of this offer is certainly appealing; after all, who doesn’t want their income taxes reduced?
This request is fraudulent. Do not complete it, and certainly do not hit “submit.”
Indicators of a Fraudulent Email
Be advised that the IRS will never communicate with you via email or text – nor do IRS officials call you at home, unless you have called them.
There’s a good chance that hitting the submit button on this fraudulent email would also infect your computer with a virus, or enable some other stealth software to latch onto your operating system.
If you ever receive an email from any income tax agency, and you are in doubt about its validity, do not respond to it. It’s most likely a scam. Contact your Smith & Howard professional immediately if you have any questions at 404-874-6244 or by leaving a message below.
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