With just over 3 weeks left to go before tax day, the nation’s tax scammmers are doing double duty trying to intercept your tax return or, failing that, make off with your private information that they can put to nefarious purposes.
The IRS has updated their Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2015 — everything from e-mail phishing and phone threats to tax preparer fraud and fake charities. Run through this list and familiarize yourself with the most common schemes to part you from your money. Spread the word too – tweet it, post it on Facebook. Phone fraud is particularly rampant this year and extremely aggressive. We’ve experienced robocalls at all hours of the day and night, with very threatening messages about arrest and lawsuits. Remember, the IRS will never call you out of the blue and threaten you!
Unfortunately, senior citizens are big targets for fraud and the IRS has issued a recent warning about scams targeted specifically to the elderly.
“Some seniors are paying swindlers money to file returns for them in the hopes of claiming benefits that they don’t actually qualify for. The con men then make off with a senior’s money and any important personal information the elderly person has provided them with.”
If you have elderly relatives, you may want to review some of these scams with them.