The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published a news release encouraging taxpayers to proceed with caution when they get a contact claiming to be from the feds. The agency states that it is continuing to deal with scammers and that these scammers are becoming savvier. They have evolved their practices and will now reach out not just with phone calls, but also through emails, texts, and even social media posts.
What is the purpose of these scams?
The scammer generally has one of two goals: to either get you to give them money directly or to get your personal information for tax-related identity theft. Think attempts to steal your tax refund.
How can I protect myself?
By being cautious. The IRS encourages taxpayers to avoid clicking any links from emails claiming to be from the IRS, as they could result in the unintentional download of a virus or malware. The feds report these cybercriminals are upping their game, focusing on big enterprises, and demanding large payouts. This can include encrypting systems once malware is accidentally installed and demanding payment before letting the business get access to the infected material.
In most cases, the IRS reaches out not with an email or social media post — but with a letter. In the mail. It is best to be highly suspicious of any other attempt at contact claiming to be from the IRS. It is important to carefully scrutinize even mailed correspondence.
If you are concerned that the mailing could be a sign of tax problems, do not be afraid to reach out for help. The attorneys at Goldburd McCone are experienced in an array of tax issues and can discuss various resolutions that will best protect your personal or business interests.