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Archive for November 4th, 2020

IRS Discovered a new Text Scam

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

The IRS wants to remind people that scammers have been relentless when it comes to using the Economic Impact as a cover to steal your personal information including bank account numbers. The IRS will never text you to get your bank account information. The scam text reads as follows:

“You have received a direct deposit of $1,200 from COVID-19 TREAS FUND. Further action is required to accept this payment into your account. Continue here to accept this payment …”

The text then includes a link to click on that takes you to a fake IRS website where they direct you to enter your bank account information to receive the payment. Then once you enter your information the scammer now has all your bank information.

Per the IRS, People who receive this text scam should take a screen shot of the text message that they received and then include the screenshot in an email to phishing@irs.gov with the following information:

• Date/Time/Timezone that they received the text message
• The number that appeared on their Caller ID
• The number that received the text message

As a reminder for any type of potential scam, never give out your personal information to any form of unsolicited contact. If you need information regarding the IRS, you should go directly to their site IRS.gov and not click on any links from an unsolicited text or email.

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above information.

Watch out for Scams After Disasters

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

The IRS is warning people to watch out for scams following any type of disaster, this is prime time for scammers to take advantage of individuals who want to help the victims of these disasters financially. The scam usually comes up after a hurricane, wildfire, or any other type of disaster. Scammers know that charity donations will often pickup after a disaster so that is what they try to take advantage of.

The scam will start some type of unsolicited communication such as email, text, a call, social media, etc. Then the scammers use the following tricks to try to get money or personal information out of you:

• Scammers will pretend to be from a legit charity in order to steal your money or information.
• Scammers will setup fake websites that look legit to get your money.
• Scammers will even pretend to be from the IRS and tell you they can help you get additional tax refunds if you work with them and make donations.
The IRS has a few tips with regards to disasters and fake charities:
• You can call the IRS directly at 866-562-5227 to speak with a specialist if you are a victim of a disaster.
• Taxpayers can visit the following IRS website to assist them in finding a real charity to donation to:

https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/tax-exempt-organization-search

• Always contribute money that has a trail such as a check or a credit card.

Always remember that if you get an unsolicited request for your personal information it is most likely a scam so always be aware.

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above information.