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Eh?: Tax scams: It’s that time of year again

Eh? knows there might be some people out there who think all taxes are a scam, but the headline here refers to a specific scam being perpetrated on folks now that tax time is here.

In a statement, the IRS said it wants everyone to be aware of some ways scammers are trying to trick people into sharing sensitive banking information. Thieves who run this scam often:

  • Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
  • Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number.
  • Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling. 
  • Send bogus IRS emails to support the bogus calls.
  • Call a second time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles. The caller ID again appears to support the claim.

There are steps the IRS would like potential scam victims to take, if they receive a suspicious phone call or email.

  • If you owe, or think you might owe federal taxes, hang up and call the IRS at (800) 829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
  • If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484. 
  • You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.

To learn more on this scam, or what you can do to avoid becoming a victim, go to the official website for the Internal Revenue Service, IRS.gov.

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