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Taxes Filed Early

How the scam works:

(with video) This is a very dangerous scam making its rounds nowadays. How does it work? You receive a message that seems to be from your country’s tax agency, whether that's IRS in USA, CRA in Canada, HMRC in Great Britain, ATO in Australia, etc.

This could be a voicemail message or an email. It tells you the organization is offering a $50 reward for taxpayers who file their forms earlier than the usual deadline. "It will ease the pressure on our agency, thus ensuring all tax returns are done in a more timely fashion," they say.

Needless to say, the message doesn't come from the real agency. Scammers just steal personal information to commit identity theft and the number of victims in this beginning of the year is quite alarming.

Watch the video below to see the Top 4 scams to be aware of this year:

Top 4 Tax Season Scams Video

How to avoid:

There is no such thing as a bonus for filing your taxes early. If you're still unsure, contact your tax agency directly at the number on their website. Always rely on professional accountants this time of the year and contact legitimate companies to prepare your papers.

How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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