Tax ID Theft & Scams
Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is January 29 to February 2, and many federal agencies are offering information and resources to help consumers learn to protect themselves from tax-related identity theft and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) imposter scams. NCCIC/US-CERT encourages consumers to review IRS publication Taxes.Security.Together. and NCCIC/US-CERT Tip Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft. Users can also participate in a series of free webinars and chats on avoiding tax identity theft, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, IRS, Department of Veterans Affairs, and others.
Scam Alert: IRS Urges Taxpayers to Watch Out for Erroneous Refunds; Beware of Fake Calls to Return Money to a Collection Agency
The IRS warns taxpayers of a quickly growing scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into their bank accounts. The IRS also offered a step-by-step explanation for how to return the funds and avoid being scammed.
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