Tulsa, Okla. - It's tax season, and that means, tax SCAMS.
The IRS says the most common ones involve scammers who pose as IRS agents and fool people into filing a false claim based on their Social Security benefits.
Low-income and older people are common targets.
Phone calls and flyers are common ways they make contact.
One big giveaway that something could be wrong, the IRS says, is if someone makes contact with YOU, that you have never contacted BEFORE.
They say to only give information to people who YOU start the contact with and to be you know who you're talking to.
Here's some more tips from the IRS.
- Don’t carry your Social Security card or any documents that include your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
- Don’t give a business your SSN or ITIN just because they ask. Give it only when required.
- Protect your financial information.
- Check your credit report every 12 months.
- Secure personal information in your home.
- Protect your personal computers by using firewalls and anti-spam/virus software, updating security patches and changing passwords for Internet accounts.