Will the IRS call or email you?

TULSA, Okla. -  Many folks would probably panic.

They filled out the forms and filed their taxes, but then get a call or email, supposedly from the IRS, saying they made a mistake, owe more money, or they never received your tax forms.

While it's understandable for people to panic after getting such a call, the IRS says don't, and never give out any personal information.

And Rick Brinkley, with the Better Business Bureau, says never click on any link in a suspicious email.

"If there's anything people are afraid of it's the IRS, so when they get a email appearing to be from the IRS that you haven't paid your taxes, they're going to react to it. That means they'll click on that link, they'll get viruses loaded on their computer and their info is going to be stolen."

The IRS says if you haven't contacted them, they'll never call or email a taxpayer to conduct business.

A spokesperson says the IRS never does business by text or social media either, so beware of those types of scams as well.

If you've received a suspicious e-mail, or if you think you've been victimized by a scam, here's more info from the Oklahoma Attorney General's office.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt urges Oklahomans to be cautious and protect themselves from tax scams.

The IRS and the AG warn about fake e-mails, also known as phishing, from the IRS that attempt to obtain confidential personal and financial information so they can commit identity theft.

To avoid becoming a victim this tax season, the AG's Public Protection Unit says beware of e-mails claiming to be from the IRS asking for personal information, bank PIN numbers or credit card information. Never respond to these e-mails or open the attachments.

If you think you may be at risk or have been a victim of tax fraud, contact the IRS immediately at 1 (800) 908-4490. To learn more about credits and availability, visit www.IRS.gov , call (800) 829-1040 or visit an IRS office in Enid, Lawton, Oklahoma City or Tulsa.

If you need additional information, contact the Attorney General's Public Protection Unit online at www.oag.ok.gov or call (405) 521-2029.

The AG's Public Protection Unit protects consumers from fraudulent, unfair or deceptive business practices and can provide conciliation services to help resolve complaints against businesses.




 

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