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Summertime Scams

| July 18, 2017
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Even though we are past the tax season and most of you have already completed your 2016 taxes, there are still scams you should be aware of this Summer. Scams continue to grow and claim victims, which is why we want to make sure you learn the warning signs of a scam, and don't become a victim.

Here are a few immerging scams:

EFTPS Scam

This is a new scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) and has been reported nationwide. In this scam, con artists call and demand immediate tax payment. The caller claims to be from the IRS and says that two certified letters have come back as undeliverable. The scammer threatens arrest if payment is not immediately made by a specific prepaid debit card. Victims are told that the debit card is linked to the EFTPS when, in reality, it is controlled entirely by the scammer. The scammer warns the victim not to talk to their tax preparer, attorney or the local IRS office until after the payment is made. These are huge red flags!

"Robo-call" Messages

In this tactic, scammers leave voicemails telling victims if they do not call back, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Victims who call back are told they must make an immediate payment either by a specific prepaid debit card or by wire transfer.

Private Debt Collection Scams

The IRS recently began sending letters to a small group of taxpayers whose overdue federal tax accounts are being assigned to one of four private-sector collection agencies. Taxpayers should be on the lookout for scammers posing as private collection firms.

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested
  • Demand taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone

For more information, go to this link https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-cautions-taxpayers-to-watch-for-summertime-scams

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