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How to Avoid Being Scammed This Tax Season

Agari CEO Patrick Peterson discusses how not to get scammed during tax season in this exclusive interview with Lauren Lyster, at Yahoo Finance.

How to Avoid Tax Scams:

  • Do not respond to email that appears to be from the IRS
  • Use trusted tax preparers
  • Keep personal information safe

Cyberfraud Facts:

  • 1.6 million taxpayers had their identities stolen online in the first half of 2013
  • Tax scams have increased 10X since 2010
  • The IRS will never email consumers directly

The FBI offers The National Crime Complaint Center to file a complaint if your bank or credit card information has been stolen.

The IRS warns of Email Phishing Scams like”Update your IRS e-file” 

The IRS has been alerted to a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS and include a link to a bogus web site intended to mirror the official IRS web site. These emails contain the direction “you are to update your IRS e-file immediately.”

The emails mention USA.gov and IRSgov (without a dot between “IRS” and “gov”), though notably, not IRS.gov (with a dot). Don’t get scammed. These emails are not from the IRS.
Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. For more information, visit the IRS’s Report Phishing web page.