The Internal Revenue Service warns taxpayers of a new twist on an old scam in which criminals’ steal client data from tax professionals, file fraudulent tax returns and deposit the erroneous refund into the taxpayers’ real bank account. They will then use a variety of tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayer. There are currently two versions of the scam.
Criminals posing as debt collection agency officials acting on behalf of the IRS contacted the taxpayers to say a refund was deposited in error, and they asked the taxpayers to forward the money to their collection agency.
The taxpayer who received the erroneous refund gets an automated call with a recorded voice saying he is from the IRS and threatens the taxpayer with criminal fraud charges, an arrest warrant and a “blacklisting” of their Social Security Number. The recorded voice gives the taxpayer a case number and a telephone number to call to return the refund.
What should you do if you received an erroneous refund?
The IRS urges taxpayers to follow established procedures for returning an erroneous refund to the agency. The IRS also encourages taxpayers to discuss the issue with their financial institutions because there may be a need to close bank accounts. Taxpayers receiving erroneous refunds also should contact their tax preparers immediately.
Remember, the IRS will never
The professionals in our office are closely monitoring this evolving scam, we will keep you apprised.
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