This year’s “Dirty Dozen” can be broadly separated into four categories:
- Pandemic-related scams like Economic Impact Payment theft;
- Personal information cons, including phishing, ransomware and phone “vishing”;
- Ruses focusing on unsuspecting victims such as fake charities and senior/immigrant fraud; and
- Schemes that persuade taxpayers into unscrupulous actions such as offer in compromise mills and syndicated conservation easements.
“We continue to see scam artists use the pandemic to steal money and information from honest taxpayers in a time of crisis,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “We provide this list to alert taxpayers about common scams that fraudsters use against their victims. At the IRS, we are dedicated to stopping these criminals, but it’s up to all of us to remain vigilant to protect ourselves and our families.”