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Avoid Identity Theft + Consumer Alerts on Tax Scams + Employers That Hire Holiday Help
Simply ask for it. That's the easiest way for an identity thief to steal your personal information.
It contains an attachment. Another option for scammers
is to include an attachment to the email. This attachment may
be infected with malware that can download malicious software
onto your computer without your knowledge. If it's spyware, it
can track your keystrokes to obtain information about your
passwords, Social Security number, credit cards or other
sensitive data. Do not open attachments from sources unknown
It's from a government agency. Scammers attempt to
frighten people into opening email links by posing as
government agencies. Thieves often try to imitate the IRS and
other government agencies.
It's an "off" email from a friend. Scammers also hack
email accounts and try to leverage the stolen email addresses.
You may receive an email from a "friend" that just doesn't
seem right. It may be missing a subject for the subject line
or contain odd requests or language. If it seems off, avoid it
and do not click on any links.
It has a lookalike URL. The questionable email may try
to trick you with the URL. For example, instead of www.irs.gov,
it may be a false lookalike such as
www.irs.gov.maliciousname.com. You can place your cursor over
the text to view a pop-up of the real URL.
Use security features. Your browser and email provider
generally will have anti-spam and phishing features. Make sure
you use all of your security software features.
note that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by
email to request personal or financial information. This
includes any type of electronic communication, such as text
messages and social media channels.
Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment
method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire
transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you
owe any taxes.
Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other
law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity
to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
Telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the
back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent
taxes, such as the "federal student tax." See more.
"Robo-calls" where scammers leave urgent callback requests
through the phone telling taxpayers to call back to settle
their "tax bill." In the latest trend, IRS impersonators
demand payments on iTunes and other gift cards. See more.
For more information on tax
scams, please see Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts on the IRS
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Certified Public Accountant
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Charles Wilson, LLC | 307 S. Friendswood Dr, Ste B-2