Tax season is here...lookout for related scams

Around this time last year the IRS shared a notice regarding a new, aggressive phone scam targeting taxpayers. This year, the scammers have apparently invested in some automation and are using robocalls to threaten taxpayers with SSN suspension or cancellation unless their call is returned. Please do not respond to robocalls…the IRS confirms that they are not legitimate.

To further protect your tax submission process, the IRS has established “Identity Protection PINs” on an opt-in basis. It includes a “rigorous identity verification process” and might not be for everyone, but it is another option to consider. Adding layers of defense, especially surrounding tax and finance areas, is a sound practice and is usually worth the effort. See the IRS page for more info.

The most common vector for tax-based scams seems to be the timeless “I have your W-2 form, click this link to see it” phish bait. Spoiler alert: they don’t have your W-2 form, and that link doesn’t go anywhere safe. Please remain vigilant and trust your instincts. If you receive a suspicious email, please forward it to [email protected]. For suspicious texts or calls, please just ignore them. Stay safe, both online and off!