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IRS Imposter Scams on the Rise in the Midst of Tax Season

March 10, 2016 Posted by kingcade

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the ‘IRS Imposter Scam’ was the number one scam reported in 2015. In the midst of tax season, the phone scam is continuing at a rapid rate and is being called one of the largest phone scams the IRS has ever seen.

Shanna Liedel spoke to Fox 6 Now regarding a call she received from someone claiming he was with the IRS. “He just said there was some fraudulent activity regarding my taxes between 2009 and 2013. I filed my own taxes for one of those years so I was like OK, did I make a mistake?” Liedel said.

“They knew my address and they said they would come and arrest me. I guess if they knew my address and that I owned my home, I assumed they knew where I worked. I could just imagine being handcuffed at my job and forced to leave,” Liedel said.

Liedel said a friend at work saved her from the scam. Her friend told her to look up the number because she thought it was fake. When the numbers didn’t match the IRS number on their website, she hung up.

The Better Business Bureau reveals these type of scams escalate during tax season. Here are a few tips if you receive a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS:

  • The IRS will not ask for financial information over the phone or via email. Any contact will be through direct mail.
  • If you are asked for personal or financial information by someone claiming to be an IRS employee, hang up.
  • Report the incident immediately.

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If you have any questions on this topic or are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

IRS Warns of Top 3 Tax Scams for 2016

January 25, 2016 Posted by kingcade

The IRS anticipates tax scams to be worse than ever this year, despite enacting new anti-fraud measures. Below are the top three tax scams to watch out for in 2016.

Fraudulent Filing

A common tax scam is where scammers use taxpayers’ social security numbers to file and claim their refunds. One Ohio resident who fell victim to the scam last year said it took her four months to prove to the IRS that she had fallen victim to a tax scam and receive her refund.  To avoid becoming a victim of this scam, make sure and file early before scammers can access your information.

IRS Phishing Email

Scammers are sending out phony emails claiming to have information regarding tax refunds. The email says, “Click here for the latest on your refund,” or something similar. But it’s a phishing scam designed to get you to enter your social security number.  Just clicking on the link can invite malware onto your computer. The IRS will never contact you via email requesting you download files or click on links.

IRS Phone Scam

The most common tax scam in recent years is the scam where taxpayers receive a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS or the Treasury Department who tells you that you are behind on your tax bill. The scammers threaten to arrest or deport you unless you pay immediately.  Hang up if you receive a call like this.  The IRS would never make these type threats.

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If you are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.