Have you ever received a call or an email by an agency called the Bureau of Tax Enforcement? Or have you been approached by a government agent talking about overdue taxes and the possibility of suspending or cancelling your Social Security Number?
If no, then please keep in mind that an organization by the name of Bureau of Tax Enforcement does not exist and the IRS will never call you to collect overdue taxes and ask for your Social Security details over a phone call.
Considering the increasing number of tax scams and frauds, it is prudent that you look out for such scamsters and save yourself from the ever-increasing phishing emails and telephone scams, looking to rob you of your hard-earned money.
Here are a few most common types of scams that you need to be aware of:
The SSN Scheme Fraud
SSN Scheme frauds include the theft of sensitive information relating to your Social Security Number. In such scams, the confidential data is used to file fraudulent tax returns and dupe the IRS and the taxpayers of their tax money. The following are some ways in which such scamsters might try to fraud you.
• Frauds impersonating as government agents claim that they can suspend or cancel your Social Security Number and try to take out confidential information to take undue advantage. This type of SSN Scheme fraud is similar to the IRS Impersonation Scam.
• Such scamsters might threaten you to cancel or suspend your SSN or force you into returning robocall voicemails. In such robocall voicemails, they usually try to extract sensitive information from taxpayers.
• Another twist in the tale could be such scamsters mentioning overdue taxes along with cancellation or suspension of your SSN.
Fake Tax Agency Frauds
Fake tax agencies try to carry out scams by scaring taxpayers of overdue tax amounts and forcing them to pay it to a non-existent agency. The following are some ways in which such fake tax agencies might try to fraud you:
- Such type of bogus tax agencies usually will mail you a letter threatening an IRS lien or levy. Such a letter will carry instructions of transferring a said amount to an account number with dreadful consequences on non-payment.
- Such an overdue tax amount would be payable to a non-existent tax agency which usually goes by the name of Bureau of Tax Enforcement. Please keep in mind that such a tax agency does not exist in the U.S. and only the IRS deals with all matters relating to the collection of taxes.
- Such a fake agency will usually refer to the IRS and try to make you think that the letter is from a legitimate tax agency.
The IRS is taking stringent measures to create awareness about such scams and is taking relentless initiatives like the stoppage of third-party mailing of tax transcripts to curb such tax frauds. But every taxpayer must be aware of such fake schemes and always stay conscious while sharing any of their confidential information with any tax agent.
A period when most of such scams happen is late spring and early summers when most of the taxpayers expect their tax bills and refunds.
Knowing about the security protocols of the IRS could help you in figuring out authentic communication from scams. Or you could contact your tax preparer and take guidance from them on such issues.
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