The IRS has issued a notice urging taxpayers to watch their tails and be ready to sniff out tax scams should they be the target. Amidst the chaos our humans are going through during the Corona Virus (Also known as COVID-19) pandemic that’s hitting our two-legged companions, the IRS is warning that there are new tax scams to add to the list of woes. Cross your paws, tuck your tail, and get ready to bite back at scammers should they come running at you.
Last week Uncle Sam approved a stimulus package to offset the fallout caused by COVID-19, including payments of $1,200 to millions of taxpayers. And now Uncle Sam is barking orders to be on the lookout for tax-related fraud and identity theft. Scammers are calling humans, promising they will “get an economic impact payment or refund faster” by providing information by phone. The IRS has never, and will not, call via smartphone or landline to growl about your personal financial information.
Also listen to Uncle Sam’s firm command not to open emails or other electronic messages that are supposedly being sent from the IRS. This is a new scam, where scammers beg for critical information to be provided via the web. The scammers may also ask for you to download, open, or run attachments that come in document forms or links in the email. Then there are the scammers who have been running wild texting, using social media, and messaging on private websites, demanding to collect “back-owed” taxes from the humans we care so much about.
As always, tax scammers make an already stressful situation a little bit more stressful, so I highly encourage you to comfort your two-legged companions and alert them to the threats at hand. And as always, remember to call the Law Offices of Christy Lee, P.C. should you find yourself a target or need additional information about tax scams.