Midwest residents need to be on the lookout for a potential Social Security scam that promises a large tax return but that actually threatens to steal your identity.
Cuyahoga Falls Patch reports that scammers have persuaded some Midwesterners to pay them to file a false income tax return, so that these people lose not only the money spent paying for the filing but also their identities.
“Scammers are posing as tax return preparers, targeting the elderly and others receiving Social Security benefits,” said IRS spokeswoman Jennifer Jenkins. “The scammers promise large tax refunds, and lure unsuspecting victims into paying for the preparation and filing of fraudulent tax returns claiming false withholding, credits, refunds or rebates.”
Most recently, the scam has popped up in Ohio after being prevalent in Erie, Pennsylvania. The scam usually appears on ads or fliers purporting to be from the IRS. These ads are circulated at community meetings, churches, and senior organizations suggesting that a return can be filed to the IRS for a refund with little documentation.
Those approached by these scam promoters should contact the local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center. Others may visit the IRS website or call the IRS toll-free number at 1-800-829-1040.
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