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Avoid Tax Related Scams

Just because tax season is over doesn’t mean tax related scams are over. There are two new variations of tax-related scams. The first involves Social Security numbers (SSNs) related to tax issues and the second threatens people with a tax bill from a fictional government agency. Both display classic signs of being scams.


The SSN Hustle The latest twist includes scammers claiming to be able to suspend or cancel the victim's Social Security number. In this variation, the Social Security cancellation threat scam is similar to and often associated with the IRS impersonation scam. It is yet another attempt by con artists to frighten people into returning "robocall" voicemails. Scammers may mention overdue taxes in addition to threatening to cancel the person's SSN.


Fake Tax Agency This scheme involves the mailing of a letter threatening an IRS lien or levy. The lien or levy is based on bogus delinquent taxes owed to a non-existent agency, "Bureau of Tax Enforcement." There is no such agency. The lien notification scam also likely references the IRS to confuse potential victims into thinking the letter is from a legitimate organization.


Keep yourself safe and delete these phone messages and/or emails and if you have any questions call us.

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