February 05, 2015 @ 08:51 am
It's that time of the year again! While the working masses scramble to get their taxes filed, greedy minds are conjuring up more ways to steal the identities of honest tax-payers. It's important to be on the lookout for scams and protect your personal information. Especially take caution with electronically transmitted information, as phishing is a popular method of identity theft.
Scams will often deceptively claim to actually be from the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS website offers more information regarding types of identity theft and ways to prevent or avoid them at http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=155682,00.html. The IRS also provides a list of several popular scams, found at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts. The top of the list describes a sophisticated telephone scam.
The IRS will NEVER: