Scammers Adding To Tax Time Stresses

The IRS will not call you

Jennifer Bloodworth
March 15, 2018 - 7:05 pm
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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Tax season is upon us – or should we call it scam season.

Scammers are using the stressful time to target taxpayers by pretending to be Internal Revenue Service (IRS) representatives and telling targets they are under investigation for tax fraud and must pay back huge back taxes or risk arrest.

Others are stealing personal information and filing for refunds in victims’ names. Once the refund is deposited, the fraudsters call and say it was deposited by mistake and must be returned – to the thief.

CBS News technology analyst Larry Magid told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News Thursday that keeping mysterious money that shows up in your bacnk account isn’t a great idea.

“The IRS says that if you do wind up with a tax refund that you didn’t request, then you should contact them,” Magid said. “If the scammer got you a refund and it’s not your money, eventually the IRS is going to figure that out anyway.”

And no age group is immune.

“Seniors tend to get scammed on phone calls a lot more than online, but millennials are online … nobody pays a lot of attention to what they click. And so it’s pretty easy to get into a scam,” Magid warned.

Most importantly: anyone should be weary of any phone call claiming to be from the IRS.

“The IRS is not going to call you,” Magid said. “They have much more effective ways to get ahold of you.”