IRS warns: Increased IRS scams for 2019

For the majority of us, our taxes have been filed and we’ve either already paid the money we owe, or the we got a nice check back from the IRS. For others, the headaches have just started. The IRS is warning everyone of increased activity with phishing attacks though phone calls, and email phishing.

For scammers, this is the perfect time to attack!

Attack details

The security notice from IRS includes two different types of attacks:

SSN  hustle: 

Attacker will contact you and threaten they will suspend or cancel your Social Security number. They will pretend to be the IRS and claim you owe money or are overdue on your taxes and if you decline to pay, that’s when the threats come.

Fake tax agency:

In this version, the attacks will pretend to be from the “Bureau of Tax Enforcement” and will tell you they are going to put a lein on you. They will attempt to scare you with garnishing wages, etc. As a FYI: There is no agency by the name of “Bureau of Tax Enforcement”.

How do I know if it’s a scam

Scammers will typically have the following signs:

  • Demanding immediate payment
  • Payment methods will be debit cards, gift cards, or wire transfers only
  • Threaten you on the phone with anything they can think of, calling the police, etc to have you arrested
  • No options for appeal

What can you do?

There are a few things you can do, but for the most part you will have to ignore the calls, or hang up. You can contact the IRS at their direct numbers to verify you do not have any owed taxes. Their numbers can be found directly on the IRS website. You can report the numbers to the IRS and the FTC.

Comment below if you’ve been contacted like this recently, or have any questions!

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About Don

Don has been in the IT industry for just over 20 years and has been working with Cyber Security for over 10 years. He holds many certifications including CISSP, CEH, and CHFI.

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