Avoid Falling Victim to Tax-Related Fraud


Filing fraudulent tax returns to steal refunds

Tax refund fraud often starts when cyber criminals steal personal identifiable information from a taxpayer, or a tax professional hired to prepare a client’s tax returns. These scams may involve threatening phone calls, deceptive letters sent through the mail and realistic looking phishing emails or texts. Sometimes these fraudulent messages focus on the recipient’s tax returns and refunds.

Phishing schemes are designed to make it appear that the email or text message is coming from a trusted source, such as a government agency. The message...

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