Friday, January 22, 2016

Beware of IRS Scams

It's the time of year when people start assembling their tax documents - and when email scammers posing as IRS agents start phishing for information via email. If you get an email asking for any sort of information related to your tax situation, like your Social Security number, don't respond: The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email. Any such correspondence is an attempt to collect sensitive information, or to transmit dangerous malware.

The IRS doesn't make phone calls, either. If someone calls claiming to be from the IRS, asking for payments or any other personal infromation, the IRS wants you to know you can ignore that too. Or any contact via text message or social media.

If the IRS does need anything from you, how will they contact you? They'll send you a letter via the good old U.S mail. Any other form of communication can be disregarded.

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