Tax Time Means Phony IRS Scams
Friday, February 18, 2011
This year the tax filing deadline has been extended from the traditional April 15th date until April 18th. But the yearly effort by fraud artists to spread tax related scams hasn’t changed. This year some North Carolina consumers have received a “phishing” (fake email) scam that our investigators haven’t seen before.
You get an email that claims to come from the IRS. (This should be your first clue that the email is phony, because the real IRS doesn’t contact taxpayers by email.) The email says you need to fill out the attached tax form which, you’ve probably guessed by now, asks for a lot of information that is useful to crooks. Things like your Social Security, bank account and credit card account numbers. Tax scammers sometimes use real tax form numbers, but in this case the phony form carries a number (W-4100B2) that is completely made up.
Don’t make tax time harder than it has to be by falling for this or any of the other tax scams making the rounds via email. Instead, send them to email@example.com. There’s additional information about these scams available from the IRS.
You can also get other tax time tips from our office, such as how to get a fast tax refund without paying any fees and how to check out tax preparers.