Local Tax Advisor Warns of Internet Tax Scams

Michael Medina says tax scams through email are the most common. And the scammers continue to get more clever.
By Anne Parker
aparker@kamc.tv

LUBBOCK, TX-- Tax deadlines are nearing, but this is also the time of year you need to keep watch on your own personal security.

"A lot of them say... you have an additional refund or... you owe some money back to the IRS, kind of a scare tactic or kind a surprise to get you to follow that link," says local tax advisor at Angela Hightower, Michael Medina.

Medina warns that the most common scams targeting you are on the internet, especially through email.

And they ask you for confidential information like your social security number, bank accounts, passwords, etc.

Scammers evem get clever and attach the IRS logo signature to the emails, telling folks they owe money immediately or have an extra refund.

But, Medina says beware because the IRS will never send you an email.

If they do try to contact you it will be by phone and the caller will identify themselves through a badge number, or by hand written mail.

"Do not give them any information a lot of times...they are coming up with the trojans that will steal your password like when you log into your online banking and stuff like that," Medina said. "So they're getting high tech on everything."

Medina says if you do get one of these suspicious emails, immediately forward it it to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.



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