January 27, 2017 @ 04:57 pm
The IRS reported a nearly 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents in the 2016 tax season and you can bet that number will be as high, if not higher, this year.
Fraudulent returns continue to top the list of scams because electronic filing makes it so easy to file returns when a thief acquires your Social Security Number. In fact, the problem has gotten so big that the IRS will be delaying refunds for all taxpayers until Feb. 15 this year in order to give them more time to screen for fraud.
The IRS 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 targeting all tax filers and the second details a phishing scam. Be prepared and look for the phishing warning signs.
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Fraudulent tax returns continue to be a billion dollar expense for the Treasury Department, but one of the ways you can avoid becoming a victim is file as early as you can to beat them to the punch.
If you believe you're a victim of ID theft, the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit phone number is (800) 908-4490.