Chances of frauds increase nowadays to its best as most of the taxpayers are expecting to hear from IRS. Scammers always want to stay ahead of the game but what benefits you (taxpayers) is saving your data from getting into wrong hands.
The techniques of scamming are way too advance these days that with a single phishing mail, scammers can hand on your recent activities and sensitive information which are supposed to stay personal with you only. Scammers try different ways to make you stuck and once you get stuck, you surely lose all of your personal data along with social security numbers and last visits made.
It is very essential for taxpayers to stay wary of such frauds because no matter how effective your accounting or tax software is, scammers will play their kind of games and might win also. One best practice to keep a quick check on your data privacy is to integrate your business with QuickBooks Hosting, which offers remote access to your data. Here are some of the tricky ways that scammers choose to reveal your sensitive information:
- Pre-recorded Messages
The easiest way of making fool is to make your target listen to a pre-recorded message as in such way of scam — scammers don’t need to contact with taxpayer directly — to convey their words. This particular scam will suggest that if you won’t call back to the number then, a warrant will be issued in your name.
Alert: IRS never calls you to stay silent and to make you listen a pre-recorded message. Do not call back as there’s no urgent messages waiting for you.
- Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) Calls.
Scammers often try to prove that they’re real and to make it happen, they spoof with caller ID numbers. Being a target, it’s very hard for you to question their fake calls as they’ll always respond with “you can check the official IRS site to learn about the TAC number.” Scammers will call you, again and again, to make sure that you’re convinced to clear your outstanding tax bills that too with a debit card.
Alert: IRS never order TAC offices to call taxpayers and clear their outstanding bills instead they always prefer to talk in-person with the taxpayers whenever needed.
- Email Phishing Scams
Sending phishing emails to taxpayers are found to be an easy exercise which let scammers hands on your information without many efforts. In phishing scheme, the scammer will send you an email that will look identical to one sent directly by the IRS or any other program linked with IRS itself. However, the reality is a bit different!! Using such fake emails, scammers try to fetch your information by asking it directly on the mail or by asking you to fill a form.
Alert: IRS doesn’t try to fetch your personal or tax-related information via email as they already have plenty of records with themselves. Clicking not on links that look like suspicious or unrecognized to you will be a better practice to save yourself from scams.
Saving yourself from getting targeted by the fraud people are not a big deal. You just need to wise enough to learn these simple things that IRS will never ask for themselves.
- Your personal information, PIN codes or credentials such as password and username.
- Without sanctioning you an official bill via email, IRS will never demand immediate payment by calling you.
- Demanding of tax payment you owe without actually offering you the opportunity of questioning.
- Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the call.
Don’t be a victim! Learn your rights and act smart. Think of IRS as your friend and not as an enemy.