Already tax amount has put a high burden on pockets; scammers are in the process of doubling these numbers. According to Internal Revenue Services, online tax scams and aggressive phone scams are together trying to steal more and more of your hard-earned money.
Below listed are some points that will help you to spot a scam in your mailbox.
- The Scam: The IRS calls
The first step to predict such scam is that it’s an out of the blue call from the IRS. Scammer’s mostly threatened to intimidate one or catch them off guard, but this scam does both.
The victim will receive a phone call from some random number saying the call is from IRS or IRS Legal Department. They inform you that they have put a warrant out for you and in case you do not pay the whole amount over the phone immediately they will come and arrest you and put you in jail. They also give a false badge number and shoot terms like tax fraud and outstanding liabilities to catch your attention.
Mostly they target elder people, immigrants, and college students.
- The Fix: Hang up
Officers strictly advised everyone not to pay a single penny to any such scammers. IRS neither contacts anyone through phone, nor they hunt someone down and threaten to send police to your phone.
Scammers ask you to pay the bill through a prepaid debit card or seven iTunes gift cards, but IRS never asks to do so. In case you receive such call, immediately report the officers.
- The Scam: The IRS Mails
It is another biggest hot spot for tax fraudsters. They email you informing that your return is on hold and to expedite your payment you need to provide bank account information, To make themselves officials, they even use fake IRS logos, email address, add case numbers and other bogus official information. They even track you over Facebook and message you that since you did not respond to their mail, they had to track you over social media.
It is another scam hint.
- The Fix: Report and Delete
The IRS never catches you over emails and social media. They even do not ask for the bank, debit card, or any other relevant information via email, social media or phone calls. Never click a link from any of such emails or messages. Even do not reply them. They may direct you towards a risk for malware or computer virus.
In case you are a victim of such emails, IRS recommends one to immediately forwards such emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. After doing so, delete the original mail so that you don’t become a victim of it.
- Fake Mails:
Both IRS and scammers send a lot of letters. One recent scam involved fake bills accompanied with Affordable Care Act. IRS always sends a CP-2000 notice which is a real notice informing people that they owe money to the government.
- How to Double Check:
Similar to the fake warnings, the mail comes with a red flag. The logo, overall layout are different, and the fake email directs one to check to IRS. However, the original email from IRS leads one to US Treasury. They always ask you to provide bank details however IRS never needs it. All official phone numbers to IRS are at their official web page, even the address to send them payment is available.