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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.

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