Check Here for Latest COVID-19 Related Tax Updates

phone: 978.774.3000    fax: 978.774.8170    185 Centre St., Danvers, MA 01923


Posts Tagged ‘IRS Scam’

New Gift Card Scam

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

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.

New IRS Scam Letter

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

The scammers are getting better! By now many people are aware of the fact that the IRS doesn’t usually call you with threats and their first method of contact is a letter so that is exactly what the scammers are now doing. This is an example of a scam IRS letter and it is pretty close to what the real ones look like so be careful. You can always call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 to verify if a letter is real or not.

New Social Security Number Scam

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

The scammers are at it again, it appears they never take a break! The scammers are now threatening to suspend or cancel your social security number if you do not pay them the fake overdue taxes they claim you owe. They will often leave you a robocall voicemail and hope they scare you enough to where you call them back.

If you receive a call like this the first thing you do is hang up and also make sure never to give out any sensitive personal information to an unsolicited caller. As a rule of thumb, the IRS will never:

• Call to demand a specific payment using methods such as prepaid debit cards, gift cards, or wire transfers.
• Threaten to have you arrested immediately.
• Demand taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer an opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

Please consult your tax advisor on the above information.

IRS Outlines Warning Signs of Tax Scams

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

As we are in the middle of the 2019 summer, the IRS warns that the tax scams are still happening. The scammers usually don’t take breaks, they work all year round. The IRS recently issued general guidelines to follow to help taxpayers recognize potential scams:

Phone Scams
• The IRS does not leave threatening messages.
• The scammers will normally tell you that you will be arrested, deported, or have your license revoked if you do not pay them.
• Scammers can call you from numbers that appear to be from the IRS on your caller ID.

Email Scams
• The IRS does not initiate contact by email, they will send a letter as the first contact.
• If you receive an unsolicited email, you should forward it to phishing@irs.gov.

General Signs of a Scam
• The caller demands immediate payment via methods such as wire transfers, prepaid debit cards, or gift cards. The IRS does not use these methods to collect tax payments.
• Ask for checks to be made out to a third party. All payments to the IRS need to be addressed to “U.S. Treasury”.
• Threaten to arrest the taxpayer.
• Demand the taxes get paid with no way to appeal.

If you have any doubt about a call you receive you should hang up the phone immediately and call the IRS directly, 800-829-1040, to find out if the claim is real.

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above information.

IRS Warns of Typhoon Relief Scams

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The IRS recently issued a consumer alert warning people about possible scams that are soliciting consumers to donate money to fake charity websites. In the wake of the recent Typhoon in the Philippines some scam artists are posing as legitimate charities in order to collect donations that will ultimately not go to help the relief effort but will go directly into the scammer’s pockets.

You should only donate to recognized charities. You should also do your research and make sure the website is a legitimate charity; many scammers will often mimic the site of a real charity in order to trick people into giving them money. You should also never give out any personal information to anyone that solicits a donation from you.

Please consult your tax preparer on all the above issues.

Beware of Telephone Scam

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The IRS is warning that there is a new telephone scam which is targeting taxpayers, which includes recent immigrants. The scammers are telling taxpayers that they owe money to the IRS and then requesting that wire transfers or pre-loaded debit cards be sent to in order to pay this phony amount they are asking for. The scammers are also threating arrest, deportation, or driver’s or business license suspension.

The IRS will most likely contact you via mail if the issue is legit. If you receive a call like this the best action to take is to call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040 to inquire if there are actually any taxes owed.

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above information and visit our website, www.steveveseycpa.com, to inquire about further information.

A Must Read to Avoid Phony IRS Websites

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

A warning was just issued by the IRS that a new tax scam is out. The phony site offers an E-Services online registration page look that’s identical to the real IRS page. Criminals use these websites in an attempt to get your personal and financial information to steal your identity or money.

The official IRS website is www.irs.gov. It is important to know that the real website ends in .gov; scams will often provide sites that end in .org, .com, .net, etc.

Another important fact is that the IRS never contacts anyone by email to request personal information. If you receive an unsolicited email that claims to be from the IRS, you should report it by sending it to phishing@irs.gov. Knowing this information will greatly reduce the risk of getting scammed by any fake IRS sites. As always please contact your personal tax advisor about all of the above issues.