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Don’t Be a Victim, IRS Warns: Tax Scams on the Rise

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, D.C. (Susan Walsh/AP)
The Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, D.C. (Susan Walsh/AP)

(Salisbury Post) – Following the emergence of new variations of widespread tax scams, the Internal Revenue Service issued another warning to taxpayers Tuesday to remain on high alert and protect themselves against the ever-evolving array of deceitful tactics scammers use to trick people.

These schemes – which can occur over the phone, in e-mails or through letters with authentic looking letterhead – try to trick taxpayers into providing personal financial information or scare people into making a false tax payment that ends up with the criminal.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has received reports of roughly 600,000 contacts since October 2013. TIGTA is also aware of more than 4,000 victims who have collectively reported more than $20 million in financial losses as a result of tax scams.

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