Tax Scams by US Mail - YouTube video ASL script

 

Hi, I’m Thomas, and I work for the IRS.

Identity thieves are determined to steal your information and your tax refund.

Most use the internet or telephone.

Some even try to impersonate the IRS on social media. 

But did you know you could also be targeted by mail?

Many public documents and websites have information that scammers can manipulate to con unsuspecting taxpayers.

This information has sometimes been used by scammers to pose as a phony tax-service company threatening you with an IRS lien or levy to bait and trick you into revealing your personal information.

Scammers have also sent out letters, faxes and even brochures.

They try to lure you with promises of tax relief, tax benefits or even free money from the IRS.

In some cases, they pretend to be tax enforcement agencies, including the IRS.

Phony tax credits, non-existent tax rebates and “Your long-lost-refund has just been found” are just a few examples of tax fraud committed by mail.

Take the time to investigate before providing any information to an unknown or unsolicited source.

If you receive a suspicious notice, contact us at 800-TAX-1040.

That’s 800-829-1040.

For more information about tax scams, phishing and other cybersecurity concerns, visit irs.gov/securitysummit.