IRS Email Scam Warning - Beware of Identity Theft
There is an IRS Email scam occurring and we wanted to warn our audience not to fall victim of this email scam pretending to be the IRS to get your private information to steal your identity.
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Hello, this is Carlos from Freedom Tax Accounting. I hope you’re doing well. In this video, we just wanted to do a quick warning of an email scam that’s going around people trying to get your personal information to steal your identity. Basically, this is what’s going on. A lot of our clients are telling us that they are getting this via email. If you see this via email, it looks very legit. From the IRS, basically, it’s telling you that you are entitled to get a refund. Then at the bottom, it says, Claim my refund. When you click there, it takes you to a page to put very personal, sensitive information, your home address, and your social security number. Basically, this is a scam, people trying to get your private information to steal your identity. Very important. The IRS will never contact a taxpayer via email. The IRS will contact you via regular mail. If an IRS agent is assigned to your case, that agent may call you or show up at your door. If someone calls you saying it’s an IRS agent, also be very careful because there’s also a scam where people pretend to be an IRS agent.
You have to make sure that you’re asking these people for their ID numbers. Before you give any information to this person via the phone, you want to be very honest with this person and say, Look, this is very weird. I want to check that you are a real IRS agent. Give me your IRS representative number. Give me somewhere where I can reach you because I want to call the IRS directly and confirm this is a legitimate IRS agent call. But usually, an IRS agent won’t call you. That’s very weird. Usually, the most common way the IRS is going to communicate with a taxpayer is via regular mail, never via email. We just wanted to share this information with you. Be careful. There’s a lot of scams out there. We just wanted to make sure that you’re protected. Thank you for watching. God bless. Bye-bye.
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