Tax Tip Tuesday: Watch out for Identity Theft and Phishing Scams

December 4, 2018

 

The Iowa Department of Revenue wants you to watch out for identity theft and phishing scams. Here's what you need to know if you come across something suspicious.

 

Is it a Scam?

 

Did you receive a phone call, e-mail, or letter about your Iowa taxes? How do you know the communication received is actually from the Iowa Department of Revenue?

  1. The Iowa Department of Revenue does not initiate contact with taxpayers by e-mail to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media.

  2. The Iowa Department of Revenue will always identify itself.

  3. You will never be asked to provide your full Social Security number by e-mail.

 

Phishing Warning Signs

  1. Incorrect spelling and poor grammar may indicate the source of the contact isn’t a professional organization, such as the Iowa Department of Revenue.

  2. Threats or requests for immediate action are often used in phishing to create a sense of urgency.

  3. Links or attachments in unsolicited communications may be attached to an email you receive.  They are designed to hack into your computer, steal money, or steal your identity.

  4. Requests for personal or financial information such as your full Social Security number, bank account, or credit card information.

 

What to Do

 

If you are unsure the communication you received is from the Iowa Department of Revenue:

  1. Do not provide any personal or confidential information.

  2. Contact us directly and we will confirm whether the communication you received was from the Iowa Department of Revenue. Send an email to: idr@iowa.gov or call 515-281-3114

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The items included in the Tax Tip Tuesday Blog are informational only and are not meant as tax advice. Consult with your tax advisor to determine how any item applies to your situation. IRS Circular 230 disclosure: To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the IRS, we inform you that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein. ​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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