Taxpayer Alert: Be Aware Latest IRS Phone Scam
April 1, 2016
Tax season is here and another round of opportunistic scammers are, too. This year, these scammers are posing as tax officials requesting that individuals answer a few questions before the IRS can process their tax returns. The IRS reports that this latest scam includes a request for personal financial information such as Social Security numbers, bank accounts and credit cards. The IRS, which has seen a 400% increase in phishing schemes this year, reminds taxpayers that the IRS will not call consumers asking for personal tax information or using threats to force a taxpayer to make an immediate payment.
Phone calls are not the only way scammers are targeting taxpayers and businesses. We recently had business clients receive fraudulent emails from scammers posing as payroll companies seeking data on personnel.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reports approximately 896,000 phone scam contacts since October 2013, and more than 5,000 victims who have collectively paid over $26.5 million as the result of a scam.
In 2015, the IRS, states and the tax industry together launched a public awareness campaign called Taxes. Security. Together. to help educate taxpayers about the need to maintain security online and to recognize phishing and other schemes.
For a list of email scam indicators, read our article from earlier this year here.
As always, it is important to consult with your tax professional before releasing any sensitive and personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 404.874.6244 or simply fill out the form below and we would be glad to help.
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