IRS Tax Scam - Make sure you dont become a scam victim!

Dont be a scam victim!

Scam #4 - "IRS Tax Scam" or "Tax Return Scam"

This always occurs around tax time. They want to make you think there is a problem with your taxes. Obviously the IRS would never contact people via email this way. Don't ever click the email link and entery your social security number or any other information they want you to perform. Follow the same rule already stated about not clicking email links and do not ever panic because of these types of emails. "IRS Tax Scam" can be done many ways, always by emails arriving stating something about tax returns, taxes due, or any other relation to taxes, and its always a scam. Real businesses, IRS, etc., does not ever send these types of emails.

The bottom line is simple. You can avoid almost all these types of scams by using common sense. If you think you may be getting scammed, you probably are.
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Just follow 4 simple rules and you can avoid most scam attempts online:

  • If you get a check or money order over the internet, always confirm 4 to 5 days later by calling your bank to confirm any check or money order has "cleared" before sending any product. The bank will always tell you if it has cleared, wait for that.
  • Never wire money over the internet to someone ever. It doesn't matter what their excuse is, dont do it.
  • Don't open email attachments. This is how they spread viruses. Its easily faked, and easily can have embedded malware and viruses.
  • Never click website links in email. EVER. Use your bookmarks to go to bank websites, etc. (Email links are easily faked, so make it a rule!)

    If you need my help, you can also post a detailed explanation with the scam information here before you do anything. I review these posts often and will give you my opinion on your situation. Just make sure your post includes all details.

  • Please feel free to link directly to this webpage, as spreading this information will help all people avoid becoming a scam victim.