Beware! 2015 IRS Tax Scamming Season is In Full Swing
It’s bad enough that you have the stress of tax season to deal with. Add to that the proliferation of sophisticated and aggressive scammers trying to steal your rebates, access your personal financial information and raid your bank accounts and the stress skyrockets.
The IRS has been issuing and reissuing warnings for consumers to be on guard for these scammers who call on the telephone. The IRS doesn’t expect the scam to begin or end with the filing season. It sure didn’t last year or the year before. In fact they seem to kick it up a notch during holidays when everyone’s guard is down. So you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that you need to be alert to the scams year round.
According to the IRS website, (www.irs.gov) some of the characteristics to be aware of include the following:
Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names and surnames to identify themselves.
Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number.
Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling.
Scammers sometimes send bogus IRS emails to some victims to support their bogus calls.
Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site.
After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.
The only way the IRS communicates with taxpayers is with written notification delivered via the U.S. mail. They are not aggressive nor are they threatening. The IRS will never ask for personal information over the phone, not credit card or debit card numbers and certainly not social security numbers.
Be vigilant and do not fall prey to these scammers. If you get a call from any number that says it’s the IRS, report it immediately.