Scammers call households pretending to be IRS (Internal Revenue Service in US) employees conducting telephone surveys. Alternatively, they may use a flyer, an e-mail, a text message or even a tweet to make contact with the victims.
All they need first is to gain trust, sometimes using some information they may already have about people they call. Indeed, they are using this approach to con people into providing their private information or sending money.
The email version of the scam comes as an e-Service page that the IRS has on its website, which is only meant to be provided to tax preparers, not to the general public.
How to avoid:
The IRS does not conduct telephone surveys nor uses e-mail, text messages or social media to ask for personal or financial information. If you are suspicious, you can call the IRS at 1 (800) 829.1040 to find out if they were trying to contact you. You can also send the fraudulent information to the IRS via email, at email@example.com.
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