Scam Alert: The IRS is warning taxpayers to watch for phishing emails claiming to contain unpaid tax refunds and asking for personal data or banking information.
A similar scam by phone tells victims that they owe unpaid taxes and the money must be paid immediately to the IRS or a debt collection company. If a person refuses to pay, he or she is threatened with arrest or driver’s license suspension.
To avoid falling victim to a tax scam, never give your personal or financial information over the phone or by email. When in doubt call the IRS at 1-800-366-4484.
Learn more about how to report this type of activity at www.irs.gov/privacy-disclosure/report-phishing.