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New Gift Card Scam

There is yet another scam that is on the rise that the IRS is warning taxpayers about. This new scam involves gift cards. The scammer essentially wants you to pay a fake tax bill with gift card access numbers. Our firm has worked with the IRS on many issues and one thing we can tell you for a fact is that an IRS agent has NEVER asked for a gift card. So once you hear that term “gift card”, you will know it is a scam. Per the IRS, this is how this scam unfolds:

• Someone posing as an IRS agent calls the taxpayer and informs them their identity has been stolen.
• The fake agent says the taxpayer’s identify was used to open fake bank accounts.
• The caller tells the taxpayer to buy gift cards from various stores and await further instructions.
• The scammer then contacts the taxpayer again telling them to provide the gift cards’ access numbers.

Always remember to never give out your personal information to an unsolicited call, email, or text. If you believe you have been a victim of an IRS scam, you can contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration by calling 800-366-4484 or visiting their website at:

https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above information.

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