Special Agent offers advice for avoiding tax season scams

Tax season is here and so are the scammers. Here is some advice to avoid getting conned. (KSNV)

Tax season is here, and while millions of Americans will wait for their returns, plenty of us will find out we’ve been scammed.

As e-filing gets more common, so to those phishing scams that wind up in your email inbox.

Special Agent in Charge for the Department of Treasury’s IRS Criminal Investigation Section Tara Sullivan said, “Last year, the IRS say a 60 percent increase in reported email scams, those are the only ones reported to us.”

Scammers take advantage of the fact that you’re expecting to hear from the IRS.

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A simple email can really be an attempt at getting your personal information.

“Someone sends you an email with a link on it pretending to be the IRS. You click it and it corrupts your computer. There’s also one where the scammers ask for personal information or to make a payment. The IRS does not operate that way,” Sullivan explained.

Just getting offline won’t stop you from becoming a potential victim.

Those thieves also do it the old-fashioned way.

Sullivan said, “Phone scams continue. That’s been an issue fro the past couple years. You’ll get a robocall demanding money and be threatened with arrest. Very rarely do we call. It’s usually a letter and we’ll never demand a payment. Don’t engage the caller. Just hang up.

In short, avoid those emails and phone calls and you’ll avoid the scams because filing taxes is painful enough.

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