The IRS recently issued a new warning of a quickly growing scam that involves erroneous tax refunds being deposited into taxpayer’s bank accounts.
The scam involves criminals stealing client data from tax professionals and filing fraudulent tax returns and having the refunds from these returns deposited into taxpayer’s real bank accounts. The thieves are then using various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayers. One method being used is that criminals pose as debt collection agency officials acting on behalf of the IRS who tell the taxpayer that the refund was deposited in error and ask for the money to be forwarded to their collection agency.
In another version, the taxpayer with the erroneous refund receives an automated call voice recording stating that the caller is from the IRS and threatens the taxpayer with criminal fraud charges, an arrest warrant and a “blacklisting” of their social security number. The recording provides a telephone number to call to return the refund.
Contact us immediately if you believe that you have received an erroneous refund and we will assist you with the recommended IRS procedures for returning these refunds.
Please be assured that we are taking precautions involving the security of all our client’s tax and financial files.