As the April 15th tax deadline nears, experts say scammers will try to “use that post-tax-day period to take advantage of taxpayers’ anxiety.”
The FTC warns that most scammers either pretend to be an agent from the IRS, say you got a refund by mistake or try to intimidate you into paying a tax bill with a credit card.
Officials from the National Consumers League add that there are many red flags that indicate if you are being targeted by an IRS scam.
In general, the IRS does not make phone calls, leave threatening messages, advise using gift cards to pay tax bills and never calls immediately after Tax Day.
Make sure to keep these tips in mind so you don’t become another addition to the list of consumer complaints.