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March 20, 2017   News to Use | How to tell a scammer from an agent

How to tell a scammer from an agent

March 20, 2017
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Tax season is scam season. Many scammers will contact you, posing as real Internal Revenue Service agents to get your information.

Be aware that actual IRS agents will not:
• Leave a phone message demanding
immediate payment;
• Use intimidation or threaten to have you jailed;
• Ask for a specific type of payment (cashier's check, cash, money order, bank transfer,
prepaid debit card, etc.);
• Ask you to pay over the phone with a credit card;
• Call you to verify tax information or personal details;
• Ask for your social security number in an email, text or phone call;
• Ask for your bank account number in an email, text or on the phone;
• Call to let you know you are eligible for a refund (usually a huge one);
• Email you telling to update your e-file
account;
• Direct you to a webpage that begins with anything other than irs.gov.; or
• Send you a tax transcript you did not request (getting one may indicate you're an identity theft victim).
The tax deadline this year is Tuesday,
April 18. (April 15 will fall on a Saturday and Monday, April 17, is a holiday in Washington, D.C.).

Source: Enterprise Information Technology Services

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