Post Content

IRS Scam Call

Tax Day is quickly approaching, and this year more Americans are planning on filing their taxes online, according to McAfee’s 2021 Consumer Security Mindset Report. Filing taxes electronically is a more convenient and efficient process but may open you up to scammers hoping to steal personal information.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported nearly $2.3 billion in tax fraud last year, a number expected to increase as more taxpayers utilize online filing systems. Avoid falling into a tax scammer’s trap by following these five important safety recommendations.

1. File early.

The earlier you prepare and submit your tax return the less time fraudsters have to gain access to your personal information, or file fraudulent documents in your name. If a hacker attempts to file using your information, the IRS will flag the return as a duplicate and block it from being e-filed.

If you have trouble filing your tax return and suspect someone may have already filed one under your Social Security Number, submit the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit form or visit

2. Do not click on links sent from unfamiliar emails or phone numbers.

Phishing emails are frequently used by scammers to trick consumers into sharing highly sensitive information, like your banking details or social security number. These emails or texts often mimic a familiar store, company, or government organization and contain urgent messages that ask the victim to click on a link to a fake portal.

As a reminder, the state and federal government, especially the IRS, will never call, text, or email you requesting personal information. The preferred form of communication from government entities is standard mail.

3. Beware of fake websites.

Scammers have become highly sophisticated in their impersonations of government organizations, and it can often be difficult to verify a legitimate website from its fake counterpart. One way to check is to pay attention to the URL by looking for any misspellings or domains that do not end in the traditional .com or .gov. For example, most government and banking websites will start with https:// which signifies a safe connection, and that the website contains a security certificate.

4. Disconnect impersonator phone calls.

This time of year, phone calls from an individual pretending to be an IRS representative are more likely to occur. Impersonator calls have proven to be the most successful type of scam year after year, and it is time we hang up.

Do not entertain callers claiming to be an IRS agent, especially if they use threatening language to scare you into sharing personal information. And do not trust caller ID either – scammers can manipulate calls to appear to be from the IRS when they are not. The IRS will never call you to demand a payment or to verify sensitive information over the phone. They will generally mail you a bill instead.

5. Secure your social media.

With the amount of our personal lives that we share online, identity theft has never been easier. Especially during tax season, it only takes a fraudster one glance at your public social media profile to gather the information they need to impersonate you, including your name, age, location, family, and profession. Make sure your passwords and security questions are unique enough that someone would not be able to guess them from your publicly shared information.

If you suspect that you are a victim of a tax scam, report it immediately to the IRS or FTC. Phishing scams can be reported at or at For more information on identity theft, visit the IRS’s Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Massachusetts Lemon Law Rights Adjusted Following State-Wide Vehicle Inspection Station Outage posted on Apr 28

Massachusetts Lemon Law Rights Adjusted Following State-Wide Vehicle Inspection Station Outage

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles’ (RMV) vehicle inspection stations are back online after a state-wide outage from March 30, 2021 to April 17, 2021, caused by a malware attack. Affected consumers who were unable to access inspection resources during the outage are now eligible   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Lemon Law Rights Adjusted Following State-Wide Vehicle Inspection Station Outage

Financial Literacy Month 2021 posted on Apr 15

Financial Literacy Month 2021

Balancing a checkbook, making sure your expenses can be covered with your income, and saving for a rainy day emergency are all examples of financial literacy, or the ability to understand and effectively manage your personal finances. April is National Financial Literacy Month, a time   …Continue Reading Financial Literacy Month 2021

Buy Here: My Local MA Promotes Patronizing Businesses Close to Home posted on Mar 11

Buy Here: My Local MA Promotes Patronizing Businesses Close to Home

There is no place like home. Or in this case, there is no better place to shop than close to home. Keeping small businesses in the Commonwealth alive and running has never been safer, easier, or more important. The My Local MA initiative, championed by   …Continue Reading Buy Here: My Local MA Promotes Patronizing Businesses Close to Home