Tax season is one of the most notorious times of the year for online scams. As the final weeks of the season approach, please be aware that your personal, work, and school email accounts will likely be inundated with the latest scams. Every year, the Internal Revenue Service compiles a list of current scams to look out for.
Current scams target tax professionals, payroll offices, and human resources in hopes of gaining access to an entire organization’s personal information. One scam goes so far as to file fraudulent tax returns only to reclaim the funds by claiming they are from a collection agency or the IRS.
The IRS will be highlighting 12 of the most prevalent tax scams over the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for the “Dirty Dozen” videos on the ITS Twitter feed. Watch the first IRS “Dirty Dozen” YouTube video.
Email phishing scams are designed to look like they’re coming from reputable sources. ITS will NEVER ask for your personal information in an email, so be wary of any emails that ask you to provide your credentials.