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IRS: Beware Texting Tax Fraud

Updated: Monday, February 17 2014, 02:34 PM CST
You do the hard work all year long, clocking in and out, plus asking the tough questions. It only makes sense that at the end of the day, you want your money to come back to you. While most of us are unaware of schemers targeting taxpayers, the IRS And the folks at Liberty Tax Service are hip to the tricks.

Each year the FBI posts a "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams. What the latest list doesn't include are specifics on texting schemes, crooks hitting you up on your phone to say you forgot to include information like your social security number asking you to text it to them. The local branch of the FBI confirms folks here in central Illinois are being contacted via text with requests for their social security numbers to complete already filed tax returns.

"The IRS does not communicate with people over e-mail or text messages so if you're getting requests of that nature you should think twice about sending your information back," Liberty Tax Services General Manager Nicole Renfro said.

If you think you've been targeted by crooks, send an e-mail detailing your experience to phishing@irs.gov. IRS: Beware Texting Tax Fraud


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