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On the Radar – Don’t Get Scammed!

by Trooper Angela Bieber - February 21, 2018

It’s tax season, and with that comes a new round of IRS tax scams. But, as the public becomes more aware of these scams, the criminals try new tactics to get us to part with our hard-earned money.

Some of the usual old schemes are still out there too, such as:

– The hostile phone call demanding payment for owed taxes. These calls can often be very aggressive and threaten victims with a law enforcement officer showing up at their front door. They often demand payment by prepaid gift cards or by wiring money
– Emails designed to make the victim believe it is from the IRS requesting personal information or updates to information

The IRS WILL NOT:
– call to demand payment, especially with prepaid cards or wire transfer
– Demand payment without having given you proper opportunity to appeal
– State threats that they are sending police to your door

Legitimate IRS requests are typically made via US Postal Service. Only after several notices by mail without response would they send an IRS agent to your home or business. If they do arrive in person, they will have proper ID and a phone number you can call to verify their business.

Some newer tactics thieves are using include:
– Depositing bogus refunds into your bank account and then demanding repayment of those bogus funds
– Scamming tax professionals and Human Resources Departments to obtain client information

Individuals, tax professionals, and HR representatives should all familiarize themselves with these tactics by viewing the IRS website at www.irs.gov.

Guidelines for protecting yourself from scams:
1.) If it seems too good to be true – it probably is
2.) Don’t give out personal information via phone or computer, especially if they contact you first looking for information
3.) Verify ID and get a phone number to call to verify the business they say they represent.
4.) Don’t be pressured into making an immediate payment – especially prepaid cards and wire transfers
5.) Regularly check your bank and credit card statements for inconsistencies
6.) If you do become victim to a scam, report it immediately

Credits:

Idea/Concept: Trooper Angela Bieber
Videography: Andrew Moore
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: Trooper Angela Bieber

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