IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Using Taxpayer Advocate Service Numbers

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IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Using Taxpayer Advocate Service Numbers

The Internal Revenue Service is warning the public about a new phone scam.  A twist on the IRS impersonation phone scam, criminals fake calls from the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an independent organization within the IRS. Similar to other IRS impersonation scams, thieves make unsolicited phone calls to their intended victims fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS. In this most recent scam variation, callers “spoof” the telephone number of the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service office in Houston or Brooklyn. Calls may be ‘robo-calls’ that request a call back. Once the taxpayer returns the call, the con artist requests personal information, including Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). TAS can help protect your taxpayer rights. TAS can help if you need assistance resolving an IRS problem, if your problem is causing financial difficulty, or if you believe an IRS system or procedure isn’t working as it should. TAS does not initiate calls to taxpayers “out of the blue.” Typically, a taxpayer would contact TAS for help first, and only then would TAS reach out to the taxpayer. In other variations of the IRS impersonation phone scam, fraudsters demand immediate payment of taxes by a prepaid debit card … Read More

IRS Annual List of Most Prevalent Tax Scams

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IRS Kicks Off Annual List of Most Prevalent Tax Scams

Kicking off the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of the most prevalent tax scams, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers of the ongoing threat of internet phishing scams that lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft. The IRS warns taxpayers, businesses and tax professionals to be alert for a continuing surge of fake emails, text messages, websites and social media attempts to steal personal information. These attacks tend to increase during tax season and remain a major danger of identity theft. To help protect taxpayers against these and other threats, the IRS highlights one scam on 12 consecutive week days to help raise awareness. Phishing schemes are the first of the 2019 “Dirty Dozen” most prevalent tax scams. “Taxpayers should be on constant guard for these phishing schemes, which can be tricky and cleverly disguised to look like it’s the IRS,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Watch out for emails and other scams posing as the IRS, promising a big refund or personally threatening people. Don’t open attachments and click on links in emails. Don’t fall victim to phishing or other common scams.” The IRS also urges taxpayers to learn how to protect themselves by reviewing safety tips prepared by … Read More


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The Internal Revenue Service is warning people to avoid a new phishing scheme that impersonates the IRS and the FBI as part of a ransomware scam to take computer data hostage. The scam email uses the emblems of both the IRS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It tries to entice users to select a “here” link to download a fake FBI questionnaire. Instead, the link downloads a certain type of malware called ransomware that prevents users from accessing data stored on their device unless they pay money to the scammers. “This is a new twist on an old scheme,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “People should stay vigilant against email scams that try to impersonate the IRS and other agencies that try to lure you into clicking a link or opening an attachment. People with a tax issue won’t get their first contact from the IRS with a threatening email or phone call.” The IRS, state tax agencies and tax industries – working in partnership as the Security Summit – currently are conducting an awareness campaign called Don’t Take the Bait, that includes warning tax professionals about the various types of phishing scams, including ransomware. Victims should not pay … Read More



It is sad that it has to be said – but not all charity solicitations are legitimate. Falling for a fake photo in your social media streams is one thing. But other scams that appear after every disaster is more long-lasting and potentially very costly. The con artists prey on people’s natural inclination to help out after a natural disaster devastates an area. These 8 tips on how to avoid a charity scam can help you ensure you give to legitimate nonprofits providing real relief (provided by Be wary of offers from all sources: Fake charity schemes, in which con artists impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned individuals, can show up as telephone, social media, email or in-person solicitations. Know your charities: While some legitimate disaster-specific charities may be created, be wary of charities with names that are similar to familiar or nationally known organizations. The real charities’ disaster-specific donation efforts generally are a part of the group’s overall relief efforts. Phony charities’ disaster scams, however, are free-standing operations that use names or websites that sound or look like those of respected, real organizations but are not connected to them. At the other end of the scam … Read More


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The Internal Revenue Service has issued a warning that tax-related scams continue across the nation even though the tax filing season has ended for most taxpayers. People should remain on alert to new and emerging schemes involving the tax system that continue to claim victims. “We continue to urge people to watch out for new and evolving schemes this summer,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Many of these are variations of a theme, involving fictitious tax bills and demands to pay by purchasing and transferring information involving a gift card or iTunes card. Taxpayers can avoid these and other tricky financial scams by taking a few minutes to review the tell-tale signs of these schemes.” EFTPS Scam A new scam which is linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) has been reported nationwide. In this ruse, con artists call to demand immediate tax payment. The caller claims to be from the IRS and says that two certified letters mailed to the taxpayer were returned as undeliverable. The scammer then threatens arrest if a payment is not made immediately by a specific prepaid debit card. Victims are told that the debit card is linked to the EFTPS when, in … Read More