Phishing: Creating fake emails or websites in order to steal personal information.
Fake Charities: Exploiting the current pandemic or other natural disasters by posing as a fake charity and taking money from well-intentioned people.
Impersonator Phone Calls: Calls come from criminals who claim to be with the IRS and use threats to try and collect payment.
Social Media Scams: Strangers gain information from social media and pose as a close friend or family member in order steal their identity.
EIP or Refund Theft: Criminals file false tax returns and provide information to the IRS to divert refunds to the wrong address or bank account.
Senior Fraud: Scammers target elderly people with the hope they lack the technological knowledge to recognize a scam.
Scams Targeting Non-English Speakers: Con-artists prey on the lack of communication skills and pose as an IRS official using threats or urgency.
Unscrupulous Return Preparers: Dishonest “ghost” tax preparers who expose clients to filing mistakes, fraud and loss of refunds.
Offer in Compromise Mills: Misleading tax debt resolution companies.
Promoted Abusive Arrangements: Promoters peddle false hopes of large tax deductions through deals that cheat the system.
Unemployment Scams: Filers submit application using fake information, employer collusion causing unreported wages, state employees inappropriately use credentials to access and change claims.
Ransomware: Software is inadvertently downloaded providing scammer full access to the company data and locks out all other users. A ransom demand is made for returning the data.
To avoid such scams, know that in general the IRS will NOT do the following:
Also, the IRS will issue a bill to taxpayers prior to any collection efforts.