Community Issues

Don't Get Duped By Tax Scams

Attorney General offers warnings on popular scams, resources if you're a victim.


Don't get duped by scammers this tax season! Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is warning consumers to be looking out for frauds and scams, particularly criminals posing as IRS agents.

"Scam artists are using new technology and high-pressure tactics to get people to give out personal information. One popular tactic, especially during tax season, is scam artists impersonating the IRS and trying to scare you into paying them thousands of dollars," Shapiro said.

The Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection says it has already received 15 IRS scam complaints in 2019, after receiving 536 complaints last year.

Shapiro listed several steps to protect yourself from scammers:

  • Use security software that updates automatically. Essential tools for keeping a secure computer include a firewall, virus and malware protection, and file encryption for sensitive data.
  • Treat personal information like cash; don't leave it lying around.
  • Give personal information only over encrypted and trusted websites.
  • Use strong passwords and protect them.

If you believe you're a victim of a scam, you can file a complaint with the Attorney Generals office here , or by calling 1-800-441-2555.

Meanwhile, Shapiro is urging consumers to be aware of the potential dangers of tax refund anticipation checks. These offers often come with high interest rates and exorbitant fees.

You Might Like:

How can you start something good?
The Conversation
More stories you may love

Warning: This Community Program Is In Danger Of Shutting Down!

Watch to see why this program that serves children, adults, and people with special needs may go away if people don't step up NOW!

Volunteers Make "Secret Garden" Grow For Neighbors In Need

It's beautiful! A family's donation of land allows a Pittsburgh non-profit to provide healthy, fresh, organic produce to people who come to their food pantry.

Our Mission
Have you ever felt like there's just too much bad news? Ever felt like the world is hopeless, and you're helpless to do anything about it? We did too. That's why we created Sparkt™.
At Sparkt™, we tell powerful stories about great people making a difference in their communities, and we show you how you can make a difference too. Join us, and together, let's #StartSomethingGood!
Popular
Recent
Sparkt Newsletter
Get positive, uplifting stories in your inbox
Follow Us on Social Media
Download the Mobile App
Sparkt™ is a Rabble Holdings, Inc. Media Brand. © 2020 Rabble Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved.