Taxes: Tis the Season!

(Doug) #1

It is the season for Tax related scams! Phishing, Vishing (Voice Phishing), and mail scams are about to start running wild if they have not already.

Make sure that you protect yourself from these threats.

A few hints an tips about behavior that should be a social engineering indication when dealing with people who claim to be from the IRS.

  1. The IRS does not call and leave prerecorded, urgent messages asking for a call back. In this tactic, scammers tell victims that if they do not call back, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Those who do respond are told they must make immediate payment either by a specific prepaid debit card or by wire transfer.

2.The IRS will not Demand that you use a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. The IRS will not ask for your debit or credit card numbers over the phone.

  1. The IRS will not demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes. You should also be advised of your rights as a taxpayer.

Taxpayer Bill of Rights

  1. The IRS will not threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business licenses, or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.

  2. If an IRS representative visits you, he or she will always provide two forms of official credentials called a pocket commission and a HSPD-12 card. HSPD-12 is a government-wide standard for secure and reliable forms of identification for Federal employees and contractors. You have the right to see these credentials.

Stay Safe Out There!

(Src) - Lucas Overby

(Howard) #2

Direct deposit phishing scams also popping up!