Beware Tax Season Scams

Mar 28, 2024 | News

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With tax filing deadlines looming (Monday, April 15), it’s important to be aware of potential scams related to tax season.

According to a press statement from Zions Bank, imposter scams that lead to tax fraud and identity theft typically increase during this time of year. Tax scams try to do two things: get your money or your personal data. Scammers pretend to be someone they are not, such as an IRS agent, tax collector, or tax preparer to try to scare you or lure you in with the promise of more money.

Recognize the Red Flags

Beware of calls claiming to be from the IRS, especially if they involve threats or pressure to provide sensitive information. Here are more red flags to look for.

Remember the Basics

The IRS only accepts payments online at IRS.gov, and checks should only be made out to the U.S. Treasury, never IRS. Here are more tips to keep you from getting sucked in by tax hackers.

What to Do if You Get Scammed

If you fell for a scam, pick yourself up, brush yourself off, forgive yourself, and get to work. Remember these tips:

You can visit the Zions Bank Security Center to learn more about how to stay safe online. For Zions Bank customers, the bank’s press statement emphasized that security is the top priority.

“We will never contact you asking for your financial or personal information. If you receive a message requesting sensitive information that claims to be from us, do not click any links and contact us at 800-726-7503.”