Camden, N.J. – April 15 is traditionally known as Tax Day, but in 2021 the Internal Revenue Service extended the deadline to May 17. Many people will be taking advantage of the extra filing time – and that includes scammers, who are using the extended deadline to try and steal money from taxpayers.
“For many of people, 2020 brought a lot of changes, which translates to a tax year that might look very different than they’re used to. Scammers are using clever ways to impersonate the IRS and capitalize on the upcoming tax deadline,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “It’s important to be very careful of your data and to be vigilant as to those to whom you provide it, especially around this time of year, to make sure your personal information does not fall into the wrong hands.”
Some of the scams include recorded phone calls claiming to be the IRS having an issue with your social security number, phishing emails designed to steal your tax return data including Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs), and claims about stimulus money eligibility.
It’s important to remember if the IRS attempts to contact you about unpaid taxes, it will be through certified mail and not by phone or in an email. IRS officials will never demand a payment to be made using a gift card, prepaid debit card, or wire transfer.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be an IRS employee, hang up and call the agency directly so you can ensure you’re speaking to a legitimate employee. If you receive an email that claims you need to click a link to sign paperwork or enter information to avoid a fine, do not click it. Instead reach out to the IRS directly.
If you think you’re a victim of a tax scam or a scam attempt, please report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration website so they can continue to educate others on the newest information.