Department of Revenue (DOR) is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) to share the top tax filing season concerns, referred to as the 2018
“IRS Dirty Dozen” tax scams.
The first scam in
the 12-part series is “phishing” schemes, designed to gather personal
information or money from the taxpayer. These new or evolving phishing
schemes work specifically to target taxpayers during filing season.
One new phishing
scam victimizing thousands of taxpayers includes depositing money into the
taxpayer’s bank account. The scam artist gains access to client data from
tax professionals, and then files a fraudulent tax return, using the
taxpayer’s own bank account to deposit funds. Once the funds are deposited,
the thief then uses various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayer,
including falsely claiming to be from a collection agency or the IRS. Phone
calls, emails, and websites are used to make the scheme seem legitimate.
schemes targeting tax, payroll, or human resource professionals have also
been on the rise in recent weeks. Criminals use email to pose as a person or
organization the taxpayer trusts by either hacking an email account to send
mass emails to personal contacts or posing as a bank, credit card company,
tax software provider, or government agency. These criminals will create
websites appearing to be legitimate, but containing phony log-in pages,
hoping taxpayers will provide personal information or make a payment.
tactic is to infect a taxpayer’s computer with malware giving the criminal
access to the device. This allows the criminal to access files or track
keyboard strokes to gather login information.
“It is vital that
taxpayers remain vigilant during tax season,” said DOR Commissioner Adam
Krupp. “When in doubt, contact DOR or the IRS before clicking on any link or
attachment in an email. Remember DOR will never ask for sensitive taxpayer
information through email correspondence.”
receive any unexpected correspondence appearing to be from DOR or the IRS,
please report it at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 829-1040; or to
email@example.com or (317) 232-2240 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST)
Monday through Friday.