Taxpayers should always be on the lookout for scams. Thieves want to trick people in order to steal their personal information, scam them out of money, or talk them into engaging in questionable behavior with their taxes. Scam attempts can peak during tax season, but taxpayers need to remain vigilant all year.
Gift card scams are on the rise. In fact, there are many reports of taxpayers being asked to pay a fake tax bill through the purchase of gift cards.
Here’s how one scenario usually happens:
- Someone posing as an IRS agent calls the taxpayer and informs them their identity has been stolen.
- The fake agent says the taxpayer’s identify was used to open fake bank accounts.
- The caller tells the taxpayer to buy gift cards from various stores and await further instructions.
- The scammer then contacts the taxpayer again telling them to provide the gift cards’ access numbers.