Beware of these 6 tax frauds


    The tax season is here and with it there is more and more fraud. Listed below are various scams the IRS has found that taxpayers may encounter during the tax filing season.

    1. Phishing

    Phishing scams usually involve unsolicited email or fake websites posing as legitimate IRS sites to convince you to provide personal or financial information. Once scammers receive this information, they use it to commit identity or financial theft. It is important to remember that the IRS states that they will never contact you via email asking for personal or financial information. This includes all electronic communication such as text messages and social media. Contact regarding unsolicited email from IRS scammers.

    2. Telephone fraud

    Phone fraud usually involves a phone call from someone claiming that you owe money to the IRS or that you are eligible for a large refund. The calls may appear to be from the IRS on your Caller ID, may be accompanied by fake emails that appear to have originated from the IRS, or include follow-up calls from people claiming they are from law enforcement. Sometimes these callers even threaten you with arrest, driving license revocation or deportation. In the latest twist on social security number-related scams, scammers use robocalls to leave voicemails claiming they can block or cancel the victim’s SSN.

    Some scammers use videos Relay services (VRS) too Fraud deaf and hard of hearing people. The IRS urges taxpayers not to trust calls just because they come through VRS because interpreters do not validate calls. For more information, see the IRS Video: Tax Fraud Via Video Relay Service.

    3. Tax-related identity theft

    Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your Social Security number to request a fraudulent tax refund. You may not even realize that you’ve been a victim of identity theft until you file your tax return and discover that a tax return has already been filed with your Social Security number. Or the IRS can send you a letter using your Social Security number stating that they identified a suspicious return.

    4. Return prep fraud

    Sometimes scammers pose as legitimate tax advisors and try to take advantage of unsuspecting taxpayers by committing refund scams or identity theft. It is important that you choose a tax advisor carefully as you are legally responsible for your tax return even if someone else prepares it for you.

    5. Excessive reimbursement claims

    Taxpayers should beware of anyone who promises an unreasonably high or excessive refund. These scammers may ask you to sign a blank statement and guarantee a large refund without going through your tax records, or they may charge you fees based on a percentage of the refund.

    6. Fake Charities

    Groups sometimes pose as charities to solicit donations from unsuspecting donors. Be wary of charities whose names are similar to more well-known organizations. Before donating to a charity, make sure it’s legit. The IRS website has tools you can use to find out the status of a nonprofit organization.

    The IRS urges all taxpayers to exercise caution before paying unexpected tax bills. If you think anything looks or sounds suspicious, be sure to contact the IRS. Keep your personal and financial information safe.

    Concerned about your Elevations Credit Union Account being compromised? Send an email to our fraud team at

    Are you concerned that Elevations could compromise your credit or debit card? Please report it as soon as possible. To report fraud or dispute a transaction, please call 888.346.4412.

    Created by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. Copyright 2019.
    Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. does not provide investment, tax, or legal advice. The information presented here does not relate to the personal circumstances of any person. As far as this material is concerned with tax matters, it is not intended or written to be used by any taxpayer to avoid penalties that may be imposed by law. Every taxpayer should seek independent advice from a tax advisor based on his or her individual circumstances. These materials are provided for general informational and educational purposes and are based on publicly available information from sources believed to be reliable – we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of these materials. The information in these materials is subject to change at any time without notice.

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