As THAT DAY (April 15th) approaches, you're not the only one looking for some extra cash. You're looking for a refund of taxes you have already paid. Tax Scammers are looking for ALL YOUR MONEY! It's an anxious time and experts say scammers will try to use that post-tax-day period to take advantage of taxpayers' anxiety.
The Federal Trade Commission warns that most scammers pretend to be an agent from the IRS and say
- You got a refund by mistake
- Try to intimidate you into paying a tax bill with a credit card
Officials from the National Consumers League add that there are many red flags that indicate if you are being targeted by an IRS scam.
- In general, the IRS does not make phone calls,
- Leave threatening messages,
- Advise using gift cards to pay tax bills,
- Never calls immediately after Tax Day.
Make sure to keep these tips in mind so you don't become another addition to the list of consumer complaints.