As Americans rushed to get their taxes submitted over the past month, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued consumer alerts about a long list of tax scams. Here are just some of the scams that are described in detail at their website:
- IRS warns of new phone scam using Taxpayer Advocate Service numbers
- IRS: Don’t be victim to a “ghost” tax return preparer
- IRS warns of “Tax Transcript” email scam; dangers to business networks
- IRS warns of scams related to natural disasters
- IRS, Security Summit Partners warn of new twist on phone scam; crooks direct taxpayers to IRS.gov to “verify” calls
- IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scams
The IRS website also describes how to report tax-related schemes, scams, identity theft and fraud.
- To report tax-related illegal activities, refer to our chart explaining the types of activity and the appropriate forms or other methods to use. You should also report instances of IRS-related phishing attempts and fraud to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
- Taxpayers who experience tax-related identity theft may wonder when they should file a Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit. When to file a Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit.
New Report on Tax Fraud and the Dark Web Released This Week
Just this past week, a startling new report was released on the growing problems associated with tax-related fraud online. Here’s an introduction from the extensive Carbon Black report:
“Research into various marketplaces on the dark web found W-2 forms, 1040 forms and how-to guides for illicitly cashing out tax returns available. W-2s and 1040s are available on the dark web at relatively low cost, ranging from $1.04 to $52. Names, Social Security Numbers (SSNs) and birthdates can be obtained for a price ranging from $0.19 to $62.
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Lohrmann on Cybersecurity authored by Lohrmann on Cybersecurity. Read the original post at: https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/tax-fraud-and-the-dark-web-in-2019.html