Tax Time Scams, etc. – Avoid these Dirty Deeds

It’s tax time and that means that tax scams are in full swing.  Most of the scams take one of two forms – phone calls and email.  The phone calls are the scariest because if you’ve answered the phone, the person on the other end will identify as an IRS agent and,moreover, your Caller ID will probably read “IRS”.  They will tell you that you owe money and offer ominous threats.

You may also get very official looking emails threatening you about money owed.

Neither is legitimate.  Read this from the FTC about such scams.

The most important take away is that the IRS will never contact you by phone or email.  I suggest that if your Caller ID reads “IRS” don’t even answer.  If you get an email with IRS in the title, don’t open it – delete it.

Another scam to be aware of is email from Anthem or Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Anthem is the parent company of Empire, the largest health insurance company in New York State.  They recently suffered a “hacking” breach.  If you get an email from them asking for personal information delete it.  If you are unsure call them.  Use the phone number on your insurance card.  Do not use the phone number in any email.

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