Avoid These Seasonal Scams
Fraudsters are always thinking up new ways to separate you from your money, even as they continue to fall back on old tried and true scams. Two fraud issues currently on the horizon include the “IRS Scam” and a new one, a “Phishing for Teacher of the Year” scam.
Phishing Scam on Nominees for “Teacher of the Year”
Phishers are targeting nominees for “Teacher of the Year.” They first send a letter telling victims they have been nominated by former students. The letter advises them to call and verify their phone number/fax number, name and age. During the call, people are asked whether they have a Home Equity Line of Credit.
IRS Name Used In Phony E-mail and Telephone Scams
This one popped up last year at about this same time and it’s back again as honest taxpayers file their returns. Fraudsters use the IRS name and logo in e-mails, telephone calls and cell phone text messaging to lure victims into divulging their financial information.
The hook might be the lure of a sizable rebate for filing one’s taxes early or the claim that their tax returns will be audited. The individual is then either instructed to click on a link, if it’s an e-mail, or they are asked personal financial information, supposedly so the rebate or return can be directly deposited.
Just remember, the IRS does not ask for personal identifying or financial information via unsolicited e-mail, telephone calls or text messages. Don’t give out this information in an unsolicited call or e-mail and don’t open any attachments to such an e-mail.