IRS Scams

By AM Northwest Staff

This is a busy time of year for the IRS, but it's been even busier lately with the spate of fraudulent phone calls and e-mails being placed to people about refunds or rebates they're supposedly entitled to.Today IRS Senior Tax Specialist Brian Wozniak came to our show to sort out what's real and what's scam.

The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers to beware of several current e-mail and telephone scams that use the IRS name as a lure.The IRS expects such scams to continue through the end of tax filing season and beyond.

The IRS cautioned taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams involving proposed advance payment checks. Although the government has not yet enacted an economic stimulus package in which the IRS would provide advance payments, known informally as rebates to many Americans, a scam which uses the proposed rebates as bait has already cropped up.

The goal of the scams is to trick people into revealing personal and financial information, such as Social Security, and bank account or credit card numbers, which the scammers can use to commit identity theft.

If you've received a phishing email or phone call, please report it to phishing@irs.gov.

To find out about phishing scams please visit here and do a key word search "phishing."

If you were defrauded locally, please contact IRS senior tax specialist Brian Wozniak at 503-326-3343.

If you're a victim of identity theft, please visit here for help.

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