'Tis the Season...for Scams
I know we just put this out two months ago, buuuut....
Tax season is upon us…we all know what that means: IRS Phone Scams and Identity Theft Season is here!
If someone decided to file for your return for you and didn’t bother to keep you in the loop, give us a call. We will take the report, investigate, give you an ID theft fact sheet, and also tell you the following:
1. Call the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490 (7AM-7PM).
2. Report the ID theft to the FTC via www.consumer.gov/idtheft or call 1-877-438-4338
3. Contact the three major credit bureaus (Equiax, Experian and Transunion).
It is up to us to handle the fraud investigation, if it is possible. The IRS will not do the investigation. They will only make sure your fraudulent return is removed so you can file the correct return
For the IRS Phone Scams: If you received an IRS phone scam call, but did not lose any money (i.e., you’ve been heeding our advice and this is not your first visit to our Facebook page), you do not need to contact us. We don’t necessarily mind hearing about the call you got and how you successfully dodged the scam, but you really don’t have to call us on these. That being said, DO call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 to report the incident. They track and publish the scam info. If you were actually scammed, call us. We’ll start an investigation. Also call the FTC and Major Credit Bureaus (2 and 3 above) to get the ball rolling on protecting your good name and credit score!
Here’s wishing you an un-eventful tax season!