How to Avoid a Tax Scam
Tax scammers are hitting the ground running and are determined to scam as many tax payers as possible during tax season. Tax scammers can make millions of dollars a year off of tax payers by pretending to be affiliated with government organizations such as the IRS. The lawyers at Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. want to help you avoid these tax scams with a little guidance. What are their scamming tactics?
Tax scammers will try to contact you by phone, mail, fax, or email posing as the IRS or a similar organization. Usually they will request immediate payment to stop a lawsuit that has been filed against you or try to obtain your personal information. Giving out your personal information to a tax scammer can result in identity theft or phishing. Phishing is the act of a scammer trying to obtain passwords, credit card numbers, and other valuable information from a consumer.
You may receive multiple messages from tax scammers posing as the IRS or a similar government organization that is affiliated with the IRS. Scammers typically violate the methods of the IRS. The real IRS will never demand immediate payment for a debt by phone, email, or fax without notifying you by mail first. If you ever receive a letter in the mail mentioning you owe money, you have the right to verify the letter with the IRS or appeal the debt if the amount owed seems false. Also, the IRS would never ask for credit or debit card information over the phone or email. Scammers are known to refuse any forms of payment that are not a credit card, debit card, gift card, or wire transfer.
They may threaten you
Tax scammers are also known to bully their victims into giving out personal information and making immediate payments. Do not feel frightened by scammers who threaten law enforcement officials are going to get involved and possibly arrest you if you refuse to pay. The real IRS does not authorize their officials the ability to have taxpayers arrested over the phone. If you receive a phone call that you believe is a scam we recommend hanging up immediately. If you receive a scam message by email, mail, or fax we recommend verifying the message with the IRS and ignoring it if it is fraudulent.
If a tax scammer continuously tries to contact you with repetitive and uncontrollable behavior, the tax scammer is violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The TCPA protects consumers against illegal robocalls. The lawyers at Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. have experience working on lawsuits involving the TCPA and may be able to help you collect damages from a scammer who will not stop calling you. Some consumers are eligible to receive up to $1,500 per phone call under the TCPA. You can learn more about your TCPA rights on our website by clicking here. If you feel your TCPA rights have been violated contact our consumer lawyers today by calling (614)944-5219 or click here to send us a message online.
You can also report IRS scams online. Click here to learn more about how you can report an IRS scam.