Some warning signs of fraud include taxpayers receiving a letter from the IRS indicating more than one tax return has been filed in their name. The IRS also may notify someone about undeclared income from working at a business the taxpayer has never heard of before.
To protect personal information the IRS suggests:
People use complicated passwords when filing electronically
Don’t save those filed returns on personal computers
Copy filed returns to an external source such as a disc
Never click on links in email erroneously claiming to be from the IRS
Do not carry Social Security cards or give out the number to businesses just because they ask
Also, realize the IRS only will contact taxpayers through the U.S. Mail and will never make contact through email, texts or social media.
The IRS wants to hear from anyone who loses their wallet and personal information, or suspects they’re a victim of identity theft or a phishing attempt to steal personal information. Contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1- 800-908-4490.