The IRS has alerted the public regarding tax-related scams that are becoming commonplace during the coronavirus pandemic. From phishing attempts to social media scams, these are the threats you should be aware of.
One of the favorite tactics of cybercriminals is using fake emails or links to websites that request personal information. In this regard, there are a couple of simple rules that can save you a lot of time. First, remember that the IRS will never contact you by email about a tax bill or about your Economic Impact Payment. The second rule is to never provide your personal details by email or through a website you arrived at through a link on a suspect email.
2. Fake Charities
Claiming to represent a charity is a classic fraud scheme, and the ongoing pandemic has given criminals an ideal opportunity to use this tactic. During difficult times, people have an understandable desire to help others, and fraudsters take advantage of it. A good way to avoid falling for this scam is by rejecting any unsolicited contacts by phone, email, text, social media, or in person.
3. Calls Impersonating the IRS
Criminals have taken to making calls impersonating the IRS itself to extort money with threats. Remember: the IRS will never call you threatening with jail or deportation if you don’t settle your tax bill. These purported charges are fake, and these calls are in no way related to the IRS.
4. Social Media Scams
While social media comes with many benefits, it’s also a medium ripe for fraud, particularly in the case of people who are using technology for the first time. Senior citizens are becoming new users of social media at an increasing rate and may be particularly vulnerable to fraud. If you are a senior citizen yourself, or if you know any senior citizens, on the lookout for suspect messages—they may be an attempt to steal personal information.
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