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"Dirty Dozen" 7th Tax Scam Newly Added To The 2022 Annual List Part 3

Identity thieves have continued to use suspicious communications for years to trick, surprise, or scare taxpayers into revealing personal and financial information to file false tax returns and among other schemes.


Criminals are able to quickly file a fake tax return using a stolen SSN in hopes that the SSN hasn't shown up on another filed tax return. This remains easily one of the biggest threats to taxpayers and tax professionals who do not occasionally protect their SSN and personal information.


Taxpayers usually do not know they're a victim of identity theft until the IRS notifies them that there was an issue on their tax return or their tax return is rejected because the SSN appears to already be filed.



Text Message Scams


Text message scams are a very commonly used method that identity thieves use to deceive taxpayers. These text scams are sent to people's mobile phones and use reference phrases like "stimulus payments" or COVID-19 and often contain bogus links claiming to be a trusted government site such as the IRS, which throws a good portion of taxpayers off. Other than IRS Secure Access, the IRS will never use text messages to discuss any personal tax issues.


If a taxpayer finds themselves receiving an unsolicited text that's obviously a scam for money or personal information, take a screenshot of the said text message and include the screenshot in an email to phishing@irs.gov with the date, time, and time they received the text message, the phone number that received the text message, and a quick reminder from the IRS to not click links or open attachments in unsolicited and suspicious text messages from the IRS, state tax agencies or others in the tax community.


Email Phishing Scams


The IRS initiates most contacts through regular paper mail, the IRS would not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. The same process as text message scams, if taxpayers receive fraudulent emails that appear to be IRS or programs closely linked to the IRS, report it by sending the email as an attachment to phishing@irs.gov.


Phone Scams


Phone scams are one of the methods that scammers have the easiest time spoofing. What taxpayers should know is the IRS does not leave any pre-recorded, urgent, or threatening messages. What scammers like to do to scare their taxpayers is urge victims not to call back or else a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Anyone would be startled if they heard such news.


Criminals can spoof caller ID numbers to appear to be anywhere in the country, even from an IRS office, This prevents taxpayers from truly knowing and identifying the caller's true phone number and not the spoof ID caller. In the past, criminals were able to spoof local sheriff's offices, state DMVs, federal agencies, and others, to persuade and deceive taxpayers. You can view the 5th and 6th released "Dirty Dozen" tax scams here.


Resolve Your Tax Bills


If you've found yourself in a nasty mess with the IRS, take a deep breath. Unpaid back taxes may be the biggest issue that taxpayers face, but the resolution may be very simple. For taxpayers who may have difficulty paying off an excessive amount of tax debt, there's a relief program that consolidates many major relief programs into a one-size-fits-all assistance program; The IRS Fresh Start Program.


It's a new and improved relief program that consolidates many major relief programs into a one-size-fits-all assistance program. Any issues regarding back taxes, unfiled years, or any other tax-related problems may be solved through one program; the IRS Fresh Start Program!


See If You Qualify For The Fresh Start Program Today!


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  1. Answer a few questions

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