Tax Time is Also Scammer Time
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Scammers like to use recurring events, such as tax season, as a “hook” to catch you with your guard down.
One common tax-time scam involves masquerading as an Internal Revenue Service agent. Scammers know that simply saying “I’m with the IRS” will get people’s attention and possibly get them to share personal information. Someone claiming to be with the IRS recently called a North Carolina business seeking to “verify” information about one of the business’s employees. Fortunately the business did not provide any of their employee’s private information, like a Social Security Number, to the scammer.
Remember, IRS agents rarely pick up the phone to call you or your employer. The agency prefers to communicate by letter, which provides a paper trail that is helpful in documenting its work. Phone calls from someone claiming to be with the IRS are usually phony. Don’t let a scammer use the fear of tax collectors to pressure you into divulging private information.
If you spot a scam, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or filing a complaint online at www.ncdoj.gov