IRS Impostor Scams Continue

 Beyond Tax Season

 

 

Fraudsters never appear to never give up their search for potential victims – and, when it comes to “IRS impostor scams,” there is no off season.

 

Victory State Bank affirms that knowledge is power, emphasizing that taxpayers can shield themselves from fake IRS representatives by recognizing the red flags of a con.

 

The website USA.gov explains, “Even though tax season is over, keep an eye out for IRS impostor scams. Scammers will contact you by phone and email claiming to be the IRS to get your personal information. They will always contact you about unpaid taxes by postal mail.”

To help you avoid becoming a victim of an IRS impostor scam, Victory State Bank, the only community-based commercial bank on Staten Island, recommends you read the following information from USA.gov, which will help you learn what to do if someone calls or emails you, pretending to be from the IRS.

 

IRS Impostor Scams occur when someone contacts you, pretending to work for the IRS. The impostor may contact you by phone, email, postal mail, or even a text message.

TWO COMMON TYPES OF SCAMS:

Tax collection –  You receive a phone call or letter, claiming that you owe taxes. They will demand that you pay the amount immediately, often with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may even threaten to arrest you if you don’t pay.

Verification – You receive an email or text message that requires you to verify your personal information. The message often includes a hyperlink phrase “click here” or a button to a fraudulent form or website.

REPORT IRS IMPOSTOR SCAMS

Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) if you believe that an IRS impostor has contacted you. Report IRS impostor scams online or by calling 1-800-366-4484. Forward email messages that claim to be from the IRS to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can also report IRS impostor scams to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

There are things to look out for to prevent being a victim of an IRS impostor scam.

Do:

§  Beware if someone calls, claiming to be from the IRS. The IRS will always contact you by mail before calling you about unpaid taxes.

§  Ask a caller to provide their name and badge number, and callback number. Then call TIGTA at 1-800-366-4484 to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you. If the person legitimately is from the IRS, call them back. Otherwise report it to the IRS.

 

§  Become familiar with what fraudulent IRS email messages look like. Review a sample IRS phishing email.

 

§  Verify the number of the letter, form, or notice on the IRS website.

      

   §Be suspicious of threats. The IRS won’t threaten to have police arrest you for not paying a bill.

 

Don’t:

§  Don’t give in to demands to pay money immediately. Be especially suspicious of demands to wire money or pay with a prepaid debit card.

 

§  Don’t trust the name or phone number on a caller ID display that shows “IRS.” Scammers often change the name that shows on caller ID.

 

 

     §  Don’t click on any links in email or text messages to verify your information.

 

 

About Victory State Bank

 VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. A planned sixth branch, to be situated in Meiers Corners, has received both regulatory and building department approvals. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.

 

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