Tax scammers use various means of contacting you to steal your information. Their mission is to convince you to transfer money to them on pretence of being the IRS, a law enforcement agency, a bank, etc. To protect yourself from tax scammers, you need to understand the methods they use to manipulate and deceive you.
Scammers can contact you by calling you on the phone, sending you text messages, messaging you on social media site, sending you emails, and even visiting you in person. Whichever method they choose, they will use the facade of an established institute such as a well-known bank or the IRS. If they can convince you of their authenticity, their job is done.
Whenever you receive unsolicited communication that asks you to share your personal information, like your social security number or bank account numbers, be on guard. Before responding to the communication or clicking on any links in case of an email or online message, check the authenticity of the institute by visiting their website or calling them over the phone. Instead of responding to the communication received, it is always safe to initiate communication through another method of communication, which you are sure is reliable.
All you need to stay protected from tax scams is a healthy dose of caution. If you are unsure about the legitimacy of a communication, never respond to it without first making sure it is authentic. Scammers cannot hurt you if you are attentive and guarded whenever receiving unsolicited communication.