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10/29/2015 - IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION TIP: Don’t Fall for ‘IRS’ Scams

 

IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION TIP: Don’t Fall for ‘IRS’ Scams

Don’t fall victim to scams from criminals posing to be from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service).

Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede wants residents to be protected from scams from criminals who want to commit identify theft or access your financial accounts.

Unsolicited Phone Calls

If you receive an unsolicited phone call from someone who claims to be from the IRS, the federal agency reminds citizens of the following.

The “real” IRS will NOT:

·         Initiate contact with you by phone, email, text or social media to ask for your personal or financial information.

·         Call you and demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call about taxes you owe without first mailing you a bill.

·         Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For example, telling you to pay with a prepaid debit card.

Be wary if you get a phone call from someone who claims to be from the IRS and demands that you pay immediately.

According to the IRS (https://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing), if you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee, you should:

·         Record the employee's name, badge number, call back number and caller ID if available.

·         Call 1-800-366-4484 to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you.

o   If the person calling you is an IRS employee, you can then call back. 

o   If not, you can report the incident to TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) and to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov (Subject: 'IRS Phone Scam').

Phishing and Online Scams

According to the IRS, the federal agency does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.  

Similarly, the federal agency will not use email, text messages or social media to request PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

Steps you can take to avoid falling victim to various phishing (a scam typically carried out through unsolicited email and/or websites that pose as legitimate sites and lure unsuspecting victims to provide personal and financial information) or other online scams are available on the following IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing

Hamilton’s Virtual Neighborhood Watch

Mayor Kelly Yaede also reminds residents that through Hamilton’s Virtual Neighborhood Watch website, you can also learn about ways to prevent from falling victim to other types of scams.

Visit: www.HamiltonNJ.com/NeighborhoodWatch