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Learn to Protect Yourself from Tax Scams and Fraud

Read a warning from the IRS about 2018 Tax Scams.

Check this list of the Latest Tax Scams and Frauds Reported in NH.

IRS tips to protect against Phishing and Malware

Phishing is a tactic used by identity thieves to get you to give them your personal information. Whether it be your bank account number, username and passwords, or social security number, identity thieves can use this information to empty your bank account, open a credit card in your name or steal your tax refund. Learn more from the Federal Trade Commission about phishing tactics and watch the video below about how to avoid identity theft.

Beware of Tax Refund Scams and Cons

People perpetrating tax refund scams and frauds can be aggressive, intimidating and demanding. If successful they can steal your tax refund and cause you many headaches for years to come. Watch the IRS video below to learn how to identify these IRS scammers who pretend to be IRS officials to get you to send them money.

Is this call really from the IRS, or is it a scam?

5 things the real IRS will never do:

  1. Call you about taxes owed without first mailing you a paper bill,
  2. Demand you pay back taxes before giving you opportunity to appeal the amount,
  3. Require a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card,
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone,
  5. The IRS will never threaten to have you arrested.

Child Tax Credit Scam

Scammers are always keeping up with the news. A new warning from the Federal Trade Commission and Better Business Bureau says scammers are targeting the new child tax credit payments.

The first round of child tax credit checks started going out in mid-July to millions of American families. Scammers may call, text or email people saying they’re “here to help.” They’ll either say that you’re owed more money and they can help you get it or that they can help you get your money earlier than everyone else. 

Helpful tips:

Avoid falling victim to these scams. Remember, the money for the child tax credit comes directly from the IRS. Do not respond to anyone reaching out to you. The IRS will not call, text or direct message you, asking for money or information. They won’t ask for wire transfers or gift cards either. Keep the following tips in mind if someone reaches out to you:

  • Keep your personal information to yourself.
  • Never give out your Social Security number.
  • Never give out your bank or credit card information.


The "IRS Imposter" scam revealed as largest scam in the U.S. in congressional hearings - read more

Are you a victim of identity theft?

If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft, perhaps someone else has your social security number, watch this video to learn what to do next.

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