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Tax season: Tips for avoiding scams & identity theft

Updated: May 14, 2020

As the time approaches to file your federal and state income taxes, make sure to protect yourself.

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By Chief Kendra Brown

For The Southwestern

As the time approaches to file your income taxes, make sure to protect yourself. Don’t give your social security number to anyone on the phone claiming to be the Internal Revenue service.

Additionally, the IRS will not call you and say they have a warrant for you. Those calls are from scam artists. Do not give them any personal information. Someone may try to steal your social security number and file their taxes under your social security number.

Another scam is someone posing as the IRS and telling you to make a payment via a gift card in order to avoid prosecution. The IRS will not ask you for your social security number over the phone. This is also the time of year when fake IRS emails are sent. Just like with phone calls, do not email any personal information back.

If you are unsure if you are in fact speaking to the IRS, disconnect and call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040. If you have any questions, you can also contact SWOSU Police at 580-774-3111.

For more tips, check out the Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/tax-identity-theft-awareness.

For more ways to prevent IRS scams, go to www.irs.gov/newsroom/avoid-scams-know-the-facts-on-how-the-irs-contacts-taxpayers.

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