“Dirty Dozen” tax scheme warning

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP/NBC) – The Internal Revenue Service has a warning for taxpayers about tax identity thefts and thieves calling and pretending to be IRS workers.

If you are blocked out of the tax filing system because someone else has beat you to it, that means a thief has stolen your social security number.

Identity theft leads the list, with schemers out to get your identity, and your refund. Then there’s phone schemes, where crooks call and pretend to be with the IRS.

Phishing, fake emails from someone claiming to be with the agency and false promises of “free money” from inflated refunds. You might see flyers, ads, even storefronts, followed by return preparer fraud. Most of the rest involve stiffing the IRS.

If anyone calls you, claiming that you owe money, do not give out your personal information over the phone.

“We’re not gonna be threatening you with arrests or taking away your license and we’re not gonna call and ask for a prepaid debit card.  So don’t give out any personal information and don’t send any debit cards to pay off that bill,” said IRS Spokesperson Peggy Riley.

If you believe your tax information has been compromised call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

For the whole list of schemes, log on to IRS.gov and search for “Dirty Dozen”.

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