It is that time of year again that fraudsters love- Tax Time. W-2’s are being sent out in the mail with personal information that could lead to Identity Theft, as well as fraudulent returns being filed. Below are tips to avoid becoming a victim.
-If you did not receive a W-2 in the mail, check with your employer to see when it was sent in case of possible mail theft.
-File your taxes as soon as you can to avoid fraudulent returns being filed.
-The IRS does not send emails about bills or refunds randomly. If you receive a suspicious email, use caution when opening it. Don’t respond with personal information, as it may be a scam.
-Use caution if anyone is promising inflated funds, a large return without seeing records, or asking for a blank return form to be signed.
-Do not give personal information over the phone to someone claiming to be an IRS agent. There are criminals who are aggressive and threaten police arrest, heavy fines, physical harm, or license revocation if you do not pay immediately by wire/western union funds.
The bottom line is if it seems suspicious, it probably is. Do not give out personal information unless you are sure you know the requesting source.