Avoid phishing scams this tax season

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (WEHT) The Indiana Department of Revenue is warning Hoosiers to be on alert for scammers trying to steal information or money.

Phishing scams are often in the form of unsuspected emails asking for personal or financial information. Many scammers take an even more aggressive approach and threaten individuals in an attempt to scare their way to obtaining funds.

Scammers may pose as a trusted bank, retail store, government agency or a tax professional to obtain personal information by telling the individual there is something wrong with their existing account or how they are in violation of a law.

Several warning signs that may indicate a phishing scam include:

  • Asking customers to confirm personal and/or financial information.
  • Including links to questionable or suspicious websites, email addresses or attachments. Never click or open anything that does not come from a trusted source.
  • Poorly written or communicated messages.
  • Stating immediate action must be taken to avoid consequences.
  • Claiming to be from DOR or the IRS, asking for personal information when neither agency will ever ask for personal information via email.

If you get any unexpected or suspicious correspondence appearing to be from DOR or the IRS, you can report it to:

Internal Revenue Service
Email: phishing@irs.gov
Phone: 1-800-829-1040

 Indiana Department of Revenue
Email: investigations@dor.in.gov
Phone: 317-232-2240, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

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(This story was originally published on March 10, 2020)

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