This video was published by the IRS.
Identity thieves are determined to steal your information and your tax refund. Most use the internet or telephone; some even try to impersonate the IRS on social media. But did you know that you could also be targeted by mail? Many public documents and websites have information that scammers can use to con unexpected taxpayers.
This information has sometimes been used by scammers to pose as a phony tax service company, threatening you with an IRS lien or levy to bait and trick you into revealing your personal information. Scammers have also send out letters, faxes, and even brochures. They try to lure you with promises of tax relief, tax benefits, or even free money from the IRS. In some cases they pretend to be tax enforcement agencies, including the IRS.
Phony tax credits, non-existent rebates, and “your long-lost refund has just been found” are just a few examples of tax fraud committed by mail. Take the time to investigate before providing any information to an unknown or unsolicited source. If you receive a suspicious notice, contact us at 800 Tax-1040. For more information about tax scams, phishing, or other cybersecurity concerns, visit IRS.gov/securitysummit.