Identify theft continues to be a huge problem and even more so during tax season. Once again, scammers will be out in full force trying to steal millions for the 2018 tax season.

Here's a list of potential scams from the IRS that could wind up costing you big money and giving you major stress.

1. Fake emails or websites - Be on the lookout for a fake email from someone pretending to be from the IRS. You could be hacked as soon as you click on the link provided.

Criminals will try to access passwords, your social security number and financial information. The scammers will also try to go after tax professionals who are preparing your taxes.

2. Phone Scams - Another scam to keep an eye and ear on.  Phone scams come in at #2 on the IRS Dirty Dozen list for tax scams.

We usually get a call from a scammer at least once every couple of months. The phony IRS representative threatened to send the police to our house in the next hour if we didn't pay a $500 in taxes that we owed immediately.

Never wire money or give any personal information over the phone. The IRS will never call you, ask for immediate payment, threaten to call police or ask for your credit or debit card information.

3. Identity Theft - Unfortunately, this is a big problem when it comes to filing taxes. Scammers will try to access your information when filling online. Taxpayers and tax professionals should always use security software with firewall and anti-virus protection.

Always use strong passwords and encrypt sensitive files. Also, you should not carry your Social Security card in your wallet or purse.

Click Here to find out were you can get Free tax assistance in South Jersey.

Sources: IRS.govnj211.org

 

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