Even though you have turned in your income tax forms to the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS), scammers may still be after your personal information!
BBB and the IRS are warning businesses and consumers to look out for the Tax Refund Scam that usually appears during this time of year. In this scam, a fraudster, often posing as a trusted government official, sends a bogus email, which includes a stolen IRS logo, and informs recipients that they are eligible to receive a tax refund for a specific amount.
The victim then is asked to click on a link contained in the email to access and complete a form for the tax refund. This online form resembles the actual IRS website, and requires the entry of personal and financial information such as credit card numbers and passwords, bank account numbers, passwords,
Social Security numbers and other personal identifiers.
Then the identity thieves use this personal data to steal from their victim's financial accounts, run up charges on the victim's existing credit cards, or apply for new loans, credit cards, services or benefits in the victim's name.
According to the IRS, they never discuss tax account matters with taxpayers by email or require a special form to obtain a refund. Refunds are based on the tax return they submit to the IRS.