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Staying Safe During Tax Season and Beyond

Tax filing season can be a hectic time, but it isn't the only time tax scams take place. Scammers, who specialize in tax refund fraud, use several different methods to attempt to scam you. The scammer may impersonate a high-ranking authority by using a seemingly valid email or by calling you on the phone. Scammers even try text messages.

That is why we must be extra cautious when replying to emails or answering phone calls that are asking for sensitive information. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Exercise caution when opening emails and attachments even if they appear to be from a email address or someone you know.
  • If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, verify it by contacting the company or person directly. Do not use contact information provided in the email or on a website connected to the request.
  • Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals asking about employees or other internal information. If an unknown individual claims to be from a legitimate organization, try to verify his or her identity directly with the company.
  • Do not provide personal information, or information about your organization, including its structure and equipment, unless you are certain of a person's authority to have the information.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email.
  • Pay attention to the URL of a website. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net).

Here are current scam alerts from the IRS

IRS Cautions Taxpayers to Watch for Summertime Scams

Important Information on W-2/SSN Data Theft Scam

Here are some helpful articles.

Don't be a victim of tax refund fraud in 2016

Security Awareness for Taxpayers

For more information on spoofing, check out this story of a CEO that experienced first-hand how spoofers operate.

Phishers spoof CEO request W2 forms

If you have questions or concerns about emails and spoofing, give TAC a call at (231) 591-4822, or toll free at (877) 779-4822.