Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Weekly Tip - Phone Scam & the IRS

Don't think anyone needs to be reminded it is tax season, but we do want to make you aware of yet another phishing scam by phone.  Recently, a City employee received a call on a non-published line from a female caller claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The caller appeared not to know she had reached a City line and tried to solicit personal information from the employee.  The caller claimed there was a problem with the employee's taxes and wished to confirm her social security number and other information.  The caller hung up when the employee politely told her that her taxes had already been filed and the refund received.

Phishing scams by telephone are nothing new.  Thieves are always looking for a new or different way to obtain personal information from people and then use it to gain fraudulent credit, commit theft, and other crimes.  Many calls, like this one, are done randomly and the victim is not specifically targeted.

The IRS offers some good advice and information on scams using their name.  Link to the IRS website for additional information.  And remember, the IRS will not call you to obtain personal information. 

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