It’s disheartening when we read about scams that target senior citizens. Actually we don’t like it when scams target anyone, but the latest scams being perpetrated are aimed at seniors urging them to file tax returns on which they claim fraudulent refunds. The reason people are falling for this? The scheme promises refunds to people who have little to no income that aren’t required to file a return. As with most scams they target the most vulnerable in our society with the promise of money – which they likely need.

The victims of these crimes are told they can file a return on their behalf. The IRS has been investigating the perpetrators of these crimes who charge an upfront fee and then disappear. “This is a disgraceful effort by scam artists to take advantage of people by giving them false hopes of a nonexistent refund,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “We want to warn innocent taxpayers about this new scheme before more people get trapped.”

If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. If someone asks for any personal information over the phone, never give it. If you have any questions about taxes and tax filing, call a tax professional.

To read more go to the IRS website here.

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