As tax season arrives, so do new scams.
The IRS is currently warning tax filers of a series of fax & email scams directed at them.
People are receiving faxes and emails that claim to be from the IRS that detail either a change in their tax returns or some sort of additional refund.
With that email or fax is also a link or internet website that then tries to either exploit the user’s computer maliciously, attempt to have the user sign up for some sort of promotional offer, attempt to get personal information from the user, or attempt to sell refund or credit schemes.
The majority of current scams appear to be directed at recent credits in educational tax credit legislation.
The IRS claims that they do not “initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.”
For More on This Story:
- IRS – The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or any social media tools to request personal or financial information
- IRS – IRS Releases the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2012
- IRS – Tax Benefits for Education: Information Center
- Washington Post – IRS Warns of New Tax Scam
- Daily Comet – IRS Issues Tax Scam Warning
- WFMZ News – IRS Warns of Rampant Email, Fax Scams Targeting Tax Filers