Combatting Fraud: What You Need to Know About IRS Scammers
Technology has exploded in the last decade and has greatly improved many aspects of our lives – including how we bank. Unfortunately, as the use of technology increases, so do instances of fraud.
You have probably heard the terms fraudster, phisher, scammer – all names for those who are trying to steal your personal information, identity and money. Scammers try to reach you by calling, emailing or even sending letters to your home posing as a professional business like your bank or credit union.
Their techniques and methods are constantly evolving and vary depending on the time of the year. Since January-April is considered tax season, IRS scams are on the rise.
There is a misconception that the elderly are who scammers target with their phishing schemes. While this is true to some extent, scammers do not discriminate. They will go after anyone without consideration of age, race, occupation or financial status.
Resources for Learning More
So, what do you need to know about IRS scams? And how can you protect yourself? We’ve collected some resources to help you learn more about IRS scams during tax season and how you can protect yourself online.
Be proactive against scammers and learn more about cybersecurity from the Department of Homeland Security. Knowledge is power, so it is increasingly important to educate yourself on how to stay safe online.
Is the IRS really calling you about back taxes? Probably not. Click here to read more about how to identify an IRS scammer. Then, visit the IRS website to read more about the latest scams this tax season so you know what to look out for.
If you’re interested in learning about trends in fraud, Experian released their 2019 Global Identity and Fraud Report, which you can download here. In it, they report than more than 2-in-5 people around the world have been victims of fraud online.
Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry! Do not give out any of your personal information over the phone, via email or text message to anyone. If you suspect a scam, call your bank, credit union or the IRS directly.