Red flags to look for amid tax scam season
According to the Better Business Bureau, tax scams are still a problem this year. If you haven’t filed your taxes yet this season, don’t put it off any longer! The IRS discovers cases of identity theft because personal information is stolen and a fake claim for a refund is filed. “The IRS is not going to contact you and give you those high pressure tactics,” Blankenship said. “There are unfortunately people out there that they’re banking on the fact that you’re not going to look into them any further, especially if they look professional,” Blankenship said.
Scammers target unsuspecting victims as tax scam season ramps up
DETROIT – Fraudsters are ramping up their tax scam plans to steal from unsuspecting victims. In the next few months, expect an increase in scam calls from people pretending to be from the IRS. If a scammer steals your social security number, they’ll look to cash in quickly. The IRS only allows for one tax return per social security number, so if a scammer beats you to it, you’re out of luck. Tax lawyer Kelly Phillips-Erb said that’s a sign of the latest tax scam.