4 Common tax scams to watch for in 2018
Updated: Mar 11, 2018
(As reported by Norton and LifeLock)
Phishing This is when fraudsters send fake emails to trick you into sharing personal data. Legitimate government agencies like the IRS or state tax boards do not contact you with a simple email.
Phone fraud Identity thieves impersonate government agencies or financial institutions to demand payment. The first contact for payment is rarely if ever by phone. You will likely first receive a letter or bill in the mail.
Tax preparer fraud If you use tax preparers or a tax service, watch out for emails that appear to be from them asking for private information. Delete and call your tax professional or service immediately.
Phony IRS agents visit your home This scam often targets the elderly. Real IRS agents carry photo IDs, and will try to contact you before making a home visit.