SHALIMAR — Many scams circulating this tax season regard rebates, refunds, tax law changes and audits, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office stated.
Beware of unsolicited calls or emails from someone claiming to be with the IRS. Scams also include the following.
•Rebate Call: "You are entitled to a sizeable rebate for filing your taxes early,” the caller states. To make a "direct deposit" to your account, scammers require your bank account information. If you refuse to supply this information, you will not receive the rebate, the scammer states.
•Refund: You are entitled to a "refund," a fraudulent email states. You must click on the link to access the refund claim form. The form asks for personal information.
•Changes to the Tax Law scam: This email alerts you of changes in the tax law, including deductions and tax savings. Clicking on a link downloads viruses that give someone remote access to the computer. Alternatively, it collects passwords and other information for the con-artist.
•Paper check scam: A caller says, "Your refund check has not been cashed.” The person claims to need your bank account information to send you your refund.
Actually, the IRS allows you to decide between a check or direct deposit to your account.
•Audit email: The email directs you to click on the link to fill in forms with personal and account information. Scammers use this information to steal your identity.
•The IRS does not send unsolicited emails about tax account matters.
•The IRS uses your tax return’s information to process your refund.
•Filing a tax return is the only way to apply for a tax refund
•Go to www.irs.gov and click on the "Where’s My Refund?" link to track a refund.
•To access the IRS website, initiate the contact by typing in www.irs.gov. Do not click on a link.
REPORTING TAX SCAMS
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to report suspicious email or phone calls.
Alternatively, call the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Line, 651-7674.