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As Americans are getting ready to file their taxes, criminals are getting ready to target taxpayers with their new scams. Criminals are getting more sophisticated and it’s getting harder and harder to detect the fake emails. They will typically send a phishing email impersonating a tax preparer, such as TurboTax, or the IRS. Last tax season, more than 2000 tax related scam incidents were reported to the IRS.

If the IRS is going to contact you, they’ll first send you a letter in the mail. They’ll never initiate contact via email.

Here’s what you can do:

Verify the sender

If you receive an email about your taxes, or any suspicious email in general, look closely at the sender’s email address. Is it coming from sam@turbotax.com or sam@tarbotax.com or sam@turb0tax.com? (Note: the last two have typos).

Verify any links in the email

If they’re trying to get you to click on a website link of any kind, DON’T click on it. Check where the link goes by hovering over it and the true destination will be displayed on the bottom of your web browser. If the email says click here to file your taxes: www.turbotax.com, but when you hover over the link, it shows www.turbootax.com, that’s a scam!!

Check for any misspellings

Phishing emails often contain misspellings, incorrect grammar, or odd wording. HOWEVER, just because an email is perfectly written and error-free, that DOES NOT mean it’s legitimate.

If you’ve received one of these tax phishing emails, make sure to report it to the IRS by forwarding the email to phishing@irs.gov, then DELETE the original email.

 

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