Profit from It: The 2021 IRS “Dirty Dozen” – Part Deux | Opinion


As mentioned last week, the IRS has compiled its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of “nefarious schemes and scams,” but this year decided to release the list in four stages, as do we here. Last time, we dealt with pandemic-related scams like Economic Impact Payment theft. This week, we tackle the issue of personal information cons, including phishing, ransomware and phone “vishing”.

More specifically, the IRS warns all of us to watch out for unexpected email schemes, as well as those involving texts, phone calls and even social media messages, in which the con artist tries to convince you that you need to provide Social Security numbers, bank account or credit card information or passwords. The scam may also include sending links that once clicked can download malicious software that collects, or…

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