Tax scams can potentially ruin your life. As scammers become more proficient in their craft, it is harder to tell what’s legitimate and what’s a scam.
In this guide, we want to help you better understand the various tax scams attempted and provide you with recourse if you are the victim of such scams.
Types of Tax Scams
Most of us have encountered scammers at some point or another. They either ask for money through emails from fake foreign princes or get information through their “IT department” phone calls in an effort to convince you that there is a virus in your computer.
Even phony IRS representatives are being dispatched to unsuspecting victims. Thousands of people become tax scam victims every year, wasting precious time and money. But with a little understanding, you can easily identify tax scams and stop scammers in their tracks.
The following are a few of the scams that come straight from the IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” list. This list identifies the 12 most notorious tax scams of the current era. Here, we’ll show you some of the worst, so you can avoid getting scammed.
Beware of scammers who use their “tax cut” promises to trick you into donating to fake charities. The IRS website has a tool called Find Tax-Exempt Organizations, which you can use to find charities to make sure they are legal. Information such as the password or social security number of the person requesting the donation. Be careful when providing credit card information to donors. If you want to apply for a donation as a tax deduction, do not provide cash.
Social Media Scam
This is where fraudsters try to convince taxpayers that they have a close relationship with someone; they try to obtain your personal information, such as your name, social security number, date of birth, and address, and then steal your identity; or they obtain taxpayers Email address and send it. Emails with malicious software links can compromise bank accounts, mortgage accounts, and large amounts of personally identifiable information (PII).
Tax Refund Phishing Email
Phishing uses fake text messages, emails, social media, and websites to steal your personal information. Usually, the victim receives an email that looks legitimate, with a link to the real website. Fraudsters are increasingly using phishing attempts. Target documents come from tax regulators, payroll experts, human resources departments, and any company that may include employee W2 forms in their documents. Phishing attacks can also target people; generally, don’t click links or attachments in emails you receive. Don’t wait, especially if the letter contains threats or promises of huge tax refunds.
“IRS” Phone Call
Watch out for calls from people who claim to be IRS agents. These types of calls are often unexpected and highly aggressive. Automatic messages and robot calls are becoming all too common, as opposed to real people online. Information like the last four of your SSN and intimidation strategies can persuade you to hand money over to a false tax bill via a prepaid debit card, bank transfer, or gift card.
In this case, you will usually receive the real invoice by mail. Please note that the IRS will not threaten to go to law enforcement without allowing questioning or appealing the amount. Moreover, they will never request a debit or credit card number or ask you about an accidental refund. What’s more, some scammers claim they will “lock” your Social Security Number until you pay taxes. You know this is a scam due to the fact that Social Security Numbers cannot be suspended.
Tax Identity Theft Scam
When a fraudster utilizes a stolen Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax ID Number (ITIN) in order to submit a false tax return, this is known as tax-related identity theft. Any amount of various security breaches can lead to the theft of data, so it is crucial that you use anti-virus protection. Protect your password when you store or access sensitive information on the Internet. You can also protect your personal information by securing paper tax records and social security cards in a safe place.
These are just a few examples of why you should secure a tax scam attorney. The Law Offices of Mary E. King can help you navigate the challenging waters of tax scams if you are the victim of a scammer.
Secure the Services of the Law Offices of Mary E. King
We invite you to reach out to the Law Offices of Mary E. King. Tax scams can be complicated, and thus, it is always helpful to have someone in your corner who understands tax scams and deals with the IRS on a regular basis. There are multiple issues you may have concerning the IRS if you are the victim of a scam, and having a seasoned tax scam attorney can help.
So, when it comes to dealing with tax scams and related litigation, you need to talk to tax scam attorneys in Florida who can help. Mary E. King has spent her career concentrating on a variety of tax laws and can help you with tax scam concerns in Florida. Attorney King has a wealth of information about what types of options would make the most sense based on your needs.
What’s more, this helps explain why she’s received an A+ rating from the Florida Better Business Bureau. If you have a tax-related issue of any kind, setting up an initial consultation with Mary E. King is the first step you should take towards relief.
The Law Office of Mary E. King, P.L. can make sure that your tax scam concerns and other issues are resolved efficiently and at the lowest cost to you. Please fill out our online contact form, or call us at 941-906-7585 today.
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