The 2018 tax season officially opens today.
And with the season comes the scams.
One scam, which often targets seniors, just won’t die. It involves criminals pretending to be from the Internal Revenue Service and scaring people into sending them money for fictitious tax bills.
My godmother recently got such a call from a man who said he was calling from the IRS. He claimed that she owed back taxes and that if she didn’t pay she would be arrested. She immediately called me in a panic. Although she was pretty sure it was a scam, she still wanted to double-check.
I assured her it was not a legitimate call. The IRS will not call you and demand payment for a tax bill. Some scammers are even telling folks they have to pay the bill with bitcoin.
Please read: That is NOT the IRS Calling You!
The IRS issued a warning earlier this month to employers about another tax fraud scheme. In this phishing scam, cybercriminals con payroll personnel or other employees into disclosing payroll information. The fraudsters send emails pretending to be executives requesting copies of W-2 forms for employees, which, of course, contain addresses, Social Security numbers, income and withholdings. The criminals use the information to file fraudulent tax returns or sell the data on the dark Web.
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