As with most things involving money, the internet is rife with scam programs that can trick people who are searching for easy and affordable ways to file their taxes online. Online scams are unfortunately real, so it is typically a good idea to do thorough research of the software program you are considering using to file your taxes before you begin the process. Because filing your taxes requires you to input very valuable personal information such as your Social Security Number and other personal information, it is often best practice to make sure the software you are using is legitimate and secured.
The goal of scam-based tax software programs is to collect private personal information and financial data from anyone who enters it into the software program. Although it may seem like you are filing your taxes, you may actually just be sending off your personal information to scammers who will use your personal data for nefarious purposes. Once the data is collected it is used for criminal personal gain, financial fraud, identity theft, unauthorized purchases and more.
Some scammers are experienced at what they do, which makes it challenging to recognize and tell them apart from real reliable tax services.
Scam artists pose as legitimate tax preparation service representatives and offer free services, which of course require you to enter your personal information online. Some scammers take their time to lure you in slowly.
Others are more persistent and might even attempt to call you, pretending to be with the IRS and demanding payment immediately.
These types of calls to your cellphones might also be attempting to phish any information stored on your phone. They might also attempt to track or locate your phone, so it is important to hang up immediately without engaging at all.
Legitimate unsolicited calls from the IRS simply do not happen. The IRS does pursue back taxes and monies owed. A pressured rush to call and demand immediate payment is not IRS standard operating procedure, however. The IRS will send an official letter to your registered address if any problems or needs to communicate do exist.
The IRS is also not permitted to suspend or revoke your driving privileges or deport you, nor will the IRS initiate contact with you via email. Delete all emails of this nature immediately without opening them and without clicking on any links or attachments.
Remember: The IRS will only initiate contact with you regarding your tax situation using the official U.S. mail system.