Criminals and cybercriminals always take advantage of confusing situations to lure other people into their schemes. From phishing to fake charities, these are some tax-related scams you should be aware of.
One of the favorite tactics of cybercriminals is sending fake emails or links to websites that request personal information. In this regard, there are a couple of simple rules that can save you a lot of time. First, remember that the IRS will never contact you by email about a tax bill or about your Economic Impact Payment. The second rule is to never provide your personal details by email or through a website you arrived at through a link on a suspect email.
2. Phone Calls Impersonating the IRS
Phone calls by criminals impersonating the IRS are becoming increasingly common. Keep in mind that the IRS will never threaten you with deportation or jail to settle a tax bill. These calls are a scam attempt and the supposed charges they mention are fake.
3. Fake Charities
Pretending to represent a charity is a classic fraud scheme, and the ongoing pandemic has given criminals an ideal opportunity to use this tactic. People have an understandable desire to help others, and fraudsters take advantage of it. A good way to avoid falling for this scam is by rejecting any unsolicited contacts by phone, email, text, social media, or in person.
4. Social Media Scams
While social media comes with many benefits, it’s also a medium ripe for fraud, particularly in the case of people who are using technology for the first time. Senior citizens are becoming new users of social media at an increasing rate and may be particularly vulnerable to fraud. If you are a senior citizen yourself, or if you know any senior citizens, on the lookout for suspect messages—they may be an attempt to steal personal information.
Learn More About Taxes
Learning more about taxes can help you save time and money. These are some previous posts with useful information to help you navigate with confidence the world of taxes:
- These are your options if you didn’t file your taxes on time
- Expecting a tax refund? Here’s everything you need to know
- Remember this important thing when you get your Economic Impact Payment
- The 4 most common questions about Economic Impact Payments
- Did you request an extension to file your taxes? Keep this date in mind!
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