As you scramble to file your taxes, David Quinlan from the Better Business Bureau offers these tips to avoid being scammed.
Scammers will wait until the last minute, then may call you to tell you that your return didn t go through properly or that there s something wrong with the return. They ll then ask you to verify some personal information, such as your Social Security number. That can lead to identity theft.
The IRS will never ask you for this information over the phone, by email or through social media. If you get a Facebook or Twitter message from someone claiming to be from the IRS, don t buy it.
The IRS will send you a certified letter if they need this information. If you have doubts, contact the IRS or the Better Business Bureau to verify it.
Red flags to watch out for if someone claiming to be from the IRS contacts you:
- Bad grammar
- Limited contact information
- Attachments to the email (do not open these. They may contain a virus or malware.)
- Even if the email looks authentic, contact the IRS to confirm. Scammers are very good at making phony emails look like they are from the IRS.