Unfortunately, income tax season can be a vulnerable time for thieves using phone or phishing scams. The IRS wants you to be aware of these potential threats, and take extra caution this month.
This time of year, you might receive a phone call saying you owe taxes and can be arrested if you don’t give the caller your credit card or other personal information. Sometimes these are recorded messages that can be convincing. As reported in Top Tech News, the IRS wants to make it clear that this is never how it will contact you.
“The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by phone. And if someone owes money to the government, they’ll first get a bill through the mail. The IRS also does not demand payment until after a taxpayer has had time to question and/or appeal a bill. The agency also says it does not ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone,” Top Tech News explained.
The IRS also never makes first contact with a taxpayer via email. If you get an unexpected email allegedly from the IRS in your inbox, it’s probably a scam. These emails often demand you Social Security Number, which the IRS would never do in an email.
The IRS wants taxpayers to keep extra attention on their bank accounts this season, and go to www.irs.gov to learn more about potential scams.