To paraphrase a famous expression: When the going gets tough, the scammers get going. Scammers are even identifying themselves as bank employees to steal information and cash. With COVID-19, the fraudsters are out in force, seeking to take advantage of the widespread anxiety generated by the global pandemic.
Although scam artists are working year-round to steal your identify and compromise your personal information, tax season seems to bring out the worst. Scammers are looking to steal tax documents, file fraudulent returns in victims’ names, and extort payment with false threats of IRS action due to outstanding tax bills.
As the name implies, phishing scams use emails, texts or calls as lures to get you to voluntarily hand over sensitive information. Phishing scams attempt to trick you into clicking a link or handing over personal information. Once a scammer has the information, they can use it to steal your money, identity or gain access to your computer.