Sunday June 16, 2019
IRS Warns of "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams
During the month of March, the IRS launches a campaign to reduce tax fraud. The traditional name of this campaign is the "Dirty Dozen" tax scams. The first scam the IRS warns of is phishing emails designed to steal your identity.
IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig stated, "Taxpayers should be on constant guard for these phishing schemes, which can be tricky and cleverly disguised to look like it's the IRS. Watch out for emails and other scams posing as the IRS, promising a big refund or personally threatening people. Don't open attachments and click on links in emails. Don't fall victim to phishing or other common scams."
Criminals often attempt to use a click-through links to load malware on your computer. This malware may send your passwords and financial account information to the fraudster so he or she can file a tax return posing as you and claim your refund.
The 2019 filing season has produced new fraud variations. Some fraudsters target individual taxpayers and some target tax advisors.
Second, be suspicious of unsolicited emails and do not click on any links if you are uncertain of the sender. A criminal may claim to be a friend and use his or her name, but if the email address is unusual do not click on any links.
Security is an ongoing concern for everyone who uses a computer. Taking a few simple steps to protect your data can save you from a substantial loss.
Published March 8, 2019