(FinancialHealth.net) – The 2020 tax season has brought many scams, as usual. Quite a few schemes usually hit this time of year, but the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to an increase. The IRS released its Dirty Dozen list so Americans will know what to look out for when they’re going on about their daily routines.
According to the IRS, scammers are specifically targeting COVID-19 relief funds. Check out this report from CBS 17:
Some of the schemes on the list include:
- Fake charities that contact people by email, the phone or in-person. Criminals might set up fake websites, as well.
- Social media scams that lead to identity and data theft.
- Scams that target non-English speakers in order to steal their COVID-19 relief payment or personal information.
Americans can protect themselves by never giving their personal or financial information to people they don’t know. Also, if they want to donate to a charity, they should research it first. Finally, remember, the IRS never contacts taxpayers over the phone or through email. Be vigilant!
~Here’s to Your Financial Health!
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