As tax season approaches, experts caution that scammers are preparing to take advantage of unsuspecting victims by stealing their personal information. Kimberly Palmer, an On Your Side expert, warned that “millions of dollars are lost annually to these scams, which makes it an extremely concerning issue.”
Representatives from Nerd Wallet have reported that victims are commonly deceived into revealing their tax information. According to them, scammers contact taxpayers claiming they require their personal and financial data due to unpaid taxes, fees, or penalties. However, this is not the case.
If you receive an unsolicited text or email claiming to be from the IRS or a related program, the best course of action is to take a screenshot of it and email it to [email protected] with the date, time, time zone, and phone number that received the message. This way, the IRS can investigate the scam and help protect you from becoming a victim.
Jacob Channel, with LendingTree, advises to not click on any links or open attachments from unsolicited, suspicious, or unexpected text messages. He suggests verifying any contacts claiming to be from the government or an official organization. If you believe you’ve been scammed, Channel recommends contacting your bank and the IRS as soon as possible, as “the longer you wait, the harder it’ll be to get your money back to you.”
If you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), you will be contacted by mail – not by social media, text, or email. It is important to remember that the IRS will never send messages on these platforms.