Tax scammers now are targeting the military.
The scammers pose as Defense Department representatives and use a .mil e-mail address, according to the IRS. They claim that disability compensation recipients are eligible for extra money and ask their targets to send them government documents with personal and financial information to an address in Florida. The scammers then steal their victims' identities to empty their bank accounts, use their credit cards, or apply for loans, credit cards, services, or benefits in their victims' name, according to the IRS.
There are a number of tax scams out there, according to the IRS. For example, some scammers have promised fraudulent tax refunds to low-income seniors and charged steep fees for filing the claims, according to the IRS.
The IRS notes that it never asks taxpayers for their personal or financial information, unsolicited.
The IRS offers these tips for avoiding identity theft:
- Don’t carry your Social Security card or any document(s) with your SSN on it.