The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the agency is seeing a tremendous increase in text message-based scams aimed at taxpayers. IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig referred to this increase as “phishing on an industrial scale” and warned that thousands of taxpayers may be at risk of receiving these scam messages.
The scam text messages target mobile phone users by sending messages that look like they’re coming from the IRS. They offer lures like fake COVID relief, tax credits or help setting up an IRS online account to trick taxpayers into clicking a link. That link will either ask for personal information or in the newest trend, send malicious code onto their phones which will in turn steal personal information.
As always, Beige Law, PLLC and the IRS want taxpayers to remember the IRS does not send emails or text messages asking for personal or financial information or account numbers. Ever! These messages should be an immediate red flag for taxpayers!
If you have an IRS or New York State tax issue the attorneys at Beige Law, PLLC can help. Contact our office today and start putting your tax issues behind you today.