13 on your side: New scams target taxpayers

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STATEWIDE (WGME) - The deadline to file your taxes is now less than a week away. The IRS filing deadline is Tuesday. As the clock ticks, scammers looking to cash in are working overtime. During these final days of tax season, the IRS really wants you to keep your guard up. Some convincing scams are peaking right now, and they could cost you big time.

"Everyone has taxes on their mind, so it is a big time for scam artists," Peggy Riley with the IRS told us.

Riley alerted 13 On Your Side of a new, sophisticated scheme using tax talk as a way to try to steal your personal information and identity.

Some taxpayers are getting emails like this:

"Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance."

The recipient is directed to click on a link for more information.

"If you do click, it leads to a website that really looks legitimately like the IRS so I can see how some people could be scammed into thinking it's real," Riley said.

Riley says IRS representatives will never initiate contact with taxpayers by email. They'll also never leave threatening voicemails, demanding money, like other taxpayers have been getting.

The Treasury Inspector General says it's had more than 20,000 reports of fake IRS calls and victims across the country have lost more than a million dollars.

Riley says if you get one of those calls, just hang up.

Taxpayers who get these email or phone messages should not respond or click on the links. Instead, forward the scam emails to the IRS or call the Treasury Inspector general at 1-800-366-4484.
13 on your side: New scams target taxpayers
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