Taxpayers Beware of Identity Theft, Scams, and Phishing

By: Shelia M. Whorton, MPA

According to the IRS, taxpayers are falling prey to suspicious emails and various forms of identity theft. With a substantial portion of taxpayers electronically filing their tax returns and directly depositing their refunds into their bank accounts, many scams are on the rise. Fraudsters perpetrating as home repairmen and phony sweepstakes, aren’t new. They often affect the elderly. However, taxpayers should be aware of various forms of phishing, as email allows the creation of recent schemes that lure the unsuspecting

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