Tax scams that use email, phone calls, texts or contact through social media that seem to come from the IRS are common these days. These scams often use the IRS name and logo or fake websites that look real.
These scammers want you to give them your personal and financial information. The crooks then use this information to steal your identity or your money.
Remember that the IRS will not contact you to ask for personal information by phone or email.
Pretending to be an agency or company in order to get your personal information or to get to your money is called "phishing."
If you get this type of email:
- Don’t reply to the message.
- Don’t open any attachments or click on any links. The links or attachments may have code that will steal information stored on your computer.
- Don’t give your personal or financial information.
- Forward the email to email@example.com. Then delete it.
If you get an unexpected phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS:
- Ask for a call back number and an employee badge number.
- If you think you may owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS employees can help you.
- If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do, call 1-800-366-4484 to report the call.
- You should also report the call to the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your complaint.
Remember that the IRS will not contact you through social media or text to ask for your personal or financial information.
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