Here it another tax season getting close to the deadline. Everyone has made plans for a good purchase item or maybe delaying because they owe so much.
Either way, we are not expecting anything to take advantage what we generally are accustomed to at this time of year. I am writing this post because no matter how obvious a scheme may be there is always someone who falls prey to them.
So exposure is the way to make the ones prone to a scam aware. That is why I am focusing on this tax scam for 2017.
How this tax scam works
When you are not expecting it, someone will call claiming to be with the IRS. This could kind of catch someone off guard a little bit. They will claim you owe a certain amount of money on your taxes.
They will demand payment on the amount they are after. Now if you are not thinking at the time this might throw you a little bit especially if you know you owe something. The thought of owing the Government can make an honest person not thinking at this point.
This is exactly what the scammer hopes will happen. And remember that most people won’t fall for it but there are the ones who are blind to the lengths people go to pull these capers that sometimes get caught up in it.
They need a person who doesn’t expect it because in order for them to complete the scam they have to receive a payment from the individual they are scamming.
This means they have to convince you not to send payment to the IRS but to them as well. Big red flag!
But a scam artist is clever…
They will try to convince you that at this point you need to complete the payment outside of the courthouse. This may sound incredible to some people but there are some who fall for these set ups.
Just like any other scam artist, they will try to discombobulate you with harsh threats such as “if you don’t pay for you taxes you will go to jail” Hoping that this scare tactic will get you to obey their commands.
Incident Reports of This Scam
Jim Camus, who is with the Treasury Department, revealed this fraud in a new PSA (Public Source Announcement)
The Treasury Department has received nearly 900.000 reports of these such scams since October 2013. And there has been at least 5,000 victims who have fell for such scams totaling 26.5 million dollars.
So if you think in your mind you would not have gone for it, there are those who do. And the only way to help that person is to make them aware of it.
Intimidation is the only leverage these scam artists have to get victims. If you can remember that most agencies like the IRS will conduct this kind of business via the mail.
So if you encounter this type of scam just hang up on them and don’t let it shake you. This will disengage their attempted scare tactic immediately. Don’t Be Scammed!
I hope this post will help another from being a victim of the clutches of scam artists.
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