Tax scams are, unfortunately, a common way for criminals to gain access to your personal information and use the information to steal your identity. A friend of mine posted this message about yet another tax scam happening. These scams tend to peak during tax season, so be aware if someone contacts you about anything tax related where they are requesting personal information.
Here’s what he said:
I am sending this message to my clients and other close associates. I had two phone calls from clients in the past week stating that the IRS emailed them stating their tax return has been rejected and they need some additional information. FYI: one of these clients had not filed their tax return yet.
According to this email, the impostor wanted: the spelling of their legal names, their social security numbers, their date of births, their children’s names, their children’s date of birth and social security numbers, along with their bank name with routing number and account number. The impostor wanted this information to “Verify the information on your return and to make sure that their refund is deposited in your account.”
If you get an email asking for this or anything similar to this, delete this email at once – this is a scam. DO NOT REPLY. Likewise, if you get a phone call from someone claiming to work for the IRS or State of MN, hang up on them. The IRS will not contact you via email or phone call regarding issues such as this.
Never, Never, and NEVER send this information over the internet or over the phone unless you are 100% sure you know person you are talking to. If you do, you are setting yourself up for identity theft!!!!!!!
If your tax return is rejected for any reason via e-filing, your tax preparer will be the first to know and will work with you to get this accepted.
There are many variations of this scam out there, so be careful and ask your tax professional if you suspect anything suspicious.
Steve Trojan, CPA is owner of SMT & Associates, Inc. (www.smt-associates.com), a Crystal Lake IL based tax and accounting firm, and Complete Payroll, Inc. (www.completepayrollinc.com). He specializes in tax and accounting issues affecting business owners and investors.