CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a growing problem the IRS calls a “serious” and “complicated” threat: Tax Return Fraud. Now everyone in the tax industry is joining forces to stop it.
“Increasingly, these crimes are being perpetrated by sophisticated, organized crime syndicates. They’ve been able to gather almost unimaginable amounts of personal data from sources outside the IRS. They use this data to file fraudulent federal and state tax income returns and claim huge refunds,” said John Koskinen the IRS Commissioner.
The IRS is launching an educational campaign to encourage taxpayers to keep their information safe. That includes installing online security software, avoiding phishing emails and phone schemes.
Just this week Chicopee Police posted a warning on their Facebook page after several residents reported receiving one of those fake phone calls; someone claiming to be the IRS and demanding your money.
“Taxpayers need to know that sometimes the criminal is sitting right across from them or at the other end of an online connection pretending to be a legitimate tax preparer,” said Kevin Sullivan, with the CT Department of Revenue Services.
The IRS will never call and demand money. In this particular case out of Chicopee, the caller claimed if they didn’t send or wire them money, police would come and arrest them. That is also not true, and would never be true.