The Richmond Observer – IRS urges caution with email, social media and phones as part of ‘Dirty Dozen’ series


Unscrupulous individuals seek to obtain personal information for the purpose of tax-related identity theft. Whether through a telephone call, text message or email, the con artist tries to convince the recipient that they need to provide Social Security numbers, bank account or credit card information or passwords. The scam may also include sending links that once clicked on can download malicious software that collects, or “mines” personal data. 

Often, criminals pose as someone the recipient knows or frequently interacts with, whether a social or family relationship or a business contact. They gather much of this information from social media. A person’s contacts or ‘friends’ are used to bait the recipient into thinking they’re dealing with someone they know.

More information on the IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” list can be found on a special section of 

Tax-related phishing scams persist

The IRS warns…

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