The COVID-19 Pandemic has plagued our economy in more ways that one. Now, scammers have been trying to take advantage our US Citizens seeking relief from the Pandemic. It is incredibly important to make sure that your tax information is secured. At McCauley Law we offer services to check your IRS transcripts on a periodic basis to ensure that scammers are not filing false returns on your behalf.
The IRS is warning the public that scammers continue to use the Coronavirus pandemic as a cover to steal money and personal information.
The IRS has issued several buiiitens on these COVID related tax scams:
- IRS warns against COVID-19 fraud; other financial schemes
- Do not fall victim to a COVID-19 scam
- Taxpayers should be aware of Coronavirus-related scams
- Taxpayers warned of scams in relation to COVID-19 economic payment checks
One popular scam tries to get victims to pay a fee for their stimulus payment, while another tricks people into giving the scammer their social security number, bank account or government benefits debit card account number.
In May, more than 1200 stimulus related websites were registered. Sixty-seven of them were discovered to be malicious and/or suspicious. During one week in April Google saw more than 18 million malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19 scams, in addition to the 240 million daily spam messages it sees related to the pandemic.
Other schemes include fake at home test kits, fake cures, vaccines, pills and advice on unproven treatments. Some websites claim to sell medical supplies the buyer will never see. Another scam includes bogus opportunities to invest early in companies working on a vaccine.
At McCauley Law Offices, P.C., our lawyers will find a solution to your tax problems, no matter how complex your IRS issue is. View our services and contact us (or call 610-388-4474) to schedule a free consultation with one of our tax attorneys. View and purchase Gregory McCauley’s published work “TAXJAMS: Simple Solutions” on Amazon. From our office in Chester County, Pennsylvania, we find tax solutions for clients throughout the country.