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Tax Scams

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We are in the middle of tax season and many con artists are trying to take advantage of it. Many of them are trying get people's personal information by calling and emailing the

"Saying that there is a problem with their refund or something such as that. They start asking for your personal  information," said the President of the Better Business Bureau of North Central Texas, Monica Horton. "Sometimes they will threaten you with legal action. They will say the police is on the way to pick you up. Whatever their scenario is, don't fall for it. You need to take a step back and discontinue the conversation."

Horton said you should call the Internal Revenue Service yourself. For a list of their numbers click here.

"Consumers will get [phishing] emails that appear to be from the IRS saying that there has been a problem with their  taxes and a malicious link for you to click on and get back to them," said Horton.

The link is either going to ask you for your personal information or install viruses on your computer. Horton recommends to forward phishing emails to phishing@irs.gov.

People should also watch out for potential scammers who pretend to be credible tax preparers. 

"We want consumers to look out for false promises of a bigger refund that sort of thing should raise red flags,"  said Horton.

The Better Business Bureau also recommends people to ask around, look for credentials, and to make sure they have a  Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).

James Parish, Newschannel 6

 

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