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Recognizing and Avoiding IRS Scams

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Recognizing and Avoiding IRS Scams

Every year during tax season, people lose millions of dollars to IRS scams. Read this infographic for how to recognize and avoid tax-related scams.

What Is an IRS Scam?

An IRS scam occurs when a criminal impersonates a government official, debt collector or member of the IRS to trick victims into sending them money or providing sensitive information.

Common IRS Scams

Here are three common IRS scams to watch out for:

  • Tax-related identity fraud

Criminals steal your personal information and file a tax return in your name to steal your tax return.

  • Fraudulent phone calls

Scammers pretend to be the IRS and ask you 

  • Phishing

Criminals try to access your sensitive information by sending you 

For more information on common tax-related scams, visit the FBI’s Dirty Dozen webpage.

Tips for Avoiding IRS Scams:

Here are tips for recognizing and avoiding tax-related scams:

  • Create strong passwords
  • Avoid sharing your social security number
  • Use only secure, private Wi-Fi connections
  • Remember that the IRS will never contact you over digital channels (e.g., text, email)
  • Listen for threatening messages
  • Research tax preparers ahead of time

Tips for Responding to IRS Scams:

If you believe you’ve been contacted by an IRS scammer or your information has been improperly accessed, follow these tips:

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