IRS Scams – Consumer Awareness

Identity theft and stolen funds are becoming a growing risk as thieves have devised clever methods of masking IRS communications. Various government entities have identified some of the most prevalent scams.

Refund Scam

Fraudulent emails, appearing to come from the IRS, notify you that you are eligible for a tax refund, but need to provide sensitive bank details in order to receive the funds.

Inherited Funds, Lottery Winnings, & Cash Consignment Scams 

Emails claiming to come from the U.S. Department of Treasury, notify you that you will receive millions of dollars if you follow the instructions in the email. 

SS Scam

An identity thief could use your social security number to fraudulently file a tax return and claim a refund.  You could be completely unaware that your identity has been stolen until your return is rejected for e-filing or you get a notice or letter from the IRS.

Rejected e-File

An electronically filed return is rejected because the social security number belonging to you, your spouse, or a dependent has already been used on a tax return.

Suspicious IRS Items

You receive a fraudulent notice from the IRS stating that more than one return was filed in your name for the year.You have a balance due, refund offset, or initiation of collection action for a year when you did not file. IRS records indicate that you received wages from an employer you didn’t work for.

You should respond immediately to the name and phone number printed on the IRS notice or letter.  You should also complete Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit.

Source: IRS.gov, consumer.ftc.gov, treasury.gov

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