IRS Issues Stern Warning To Americans

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( – On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warned taxpayers against a recent increase in summer scams usually sent through email by people trying to steal the identities of taxpayers by promising that they can assist with their tax refunds, filings, and problems.

Danny Werfel, an IRS Commissioner stated that there has been a large increase in these types of summer scams. He added in a press release that these scams were being sent by email and text messages and that people should be cautious and avoid clicking on any links from non-trustworthy sources.

The agency also claimed that the identity thieves were flooding people’s inboxes with these messages claiming that they could help them get refunds or benefits associated with the Economic Impact Payments third road which is connected to 2021’s American Rescue Plan. They are also claiming that they can assist with tax problems that taxpayers may be experiencing.

The IRS also points out that these scams fall under the category of “phishing” and that people should report them at [email protected]. They also note that recipients should always check the emails or messages for inaccuracies in spelling or punctuation, as well as for “factual inaccuracies.” The emails will also usually push the user to press on a link where they can complete their details, allowing the identity thieves to use their sensitive information.

The agency added that taxpayers and tax preparers should always avoid clicking on any unsolicited communication that is supposedly from the IRS as it could include malware.

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