The May 17 tax filing deadline has long passed, but the IRS says scammers try to steal tax-related personal information year-round.
A local police department and the IRS called on people to stay guarded against scams, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. The IRS identified common schemes con artists use and gave tips on how to prevent oneself from being victimized.
“Even though the initial (tax) filing season may be over, criminals are still out there committing fraudulent acts and looking to steal your personal information,” Joleen Simpson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the IRS Criminal Investigation’s Philadelphia office, stated in a news release. “We urge all taxpayers and citizens to remain attentive and alert not just during tax filing season, but throughout the entire year.”
Unemployment fraud: The IRS said people should watch out for any tax-related paperwork involving unemployment benefits that they did not file for.