Don’t Be a Victim of Tax Refund Fraud (Revisited)
Last February, we reported on the spike in tax refund fraud and ways to protect yourself. Here is a recap of that:
- File before the fraudsters can do it for you.
- Get on a schedule to request a free copy of your credit report.
- Monitor, then freeze your credit file (instructions for doing that).
- File form 14039 and request an IP PIN from the government.
This year, the IRS is warning of an aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. The use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.
Remember: Scammers change tactics. Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but variations of the IRS impersonation scam continue year-round, and they tend to peak when scammers find prime opportunities to strike.