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It’s tax season again! Refund time but its also scammer time. The cyber criminal jack-boys want a refund too, so they pose as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to try and steal your money and personal information. Did u know, Over the years thousands of individuals have lost millions of dollars and personal info due to tax scams and fake IRS communications.

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According to CIO of Urban One, Tony Spinelli, here are some tips to help you avoid becoming the next victim.

The IRS will never:

  • Contact you by email, text message or social media to request personal or financial information.
  • Call or email about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Demand immediate payment using a specific method such as a pre-paid debit card, gift card or wire transfer.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

You can report any IRS scams by clicking here.

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