IRS Scams During Tax Season | How to protect yourself from fraudsters after your tax refund

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RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – It’s tax filing season, which means it’s scam time. Your tax refund and personal information are being targeted by fraudsters. You need to be prepared for scam calls, texts and emails as scammers impersonate the IRS in an attempt to steal your personal information and money. Their goal is to gain access to your identity to try to steal your refund or take out loans and open credit cards in your name. In addition to scam texts, calls and emails, scammers can even show up at your door.

Luis Garcia of the IRS says, “They use every possible opportunity to contact you and appear to be a legitimate contact with the IRS. Sometimes they host websites that are exact replicas of the IRS website.” Garcia says the agency does not use social media or text messages to contact you. Also, the IRS will not demand immediate payment, giving you no opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

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“When the IRS comes knocking on your door and says, ‘Hey, you owe money.’ You have absolutely every right in the world to say what for, show me where, show me how, and we must take our time, which is your right and our duty, to inform you that this is what you must, and why should you and these scammers don’t,” Garcia added.

We can’t stress enough that you shouldn’t be afraid to hang up, no matter how threatening the call. If you’ve ever been asked to pay with a gift card, cash app, Venmo, wire transfer, or send cash in the mail, all of these are signs that you’re talking to a scammer, not the IRS.

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IRS Scams During Tax Season | How to protect yourself from fraudsters after your tax refund

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