Moody warns Floridians of tax-season scams

Moody warns Floridians of tax-season scams

FLORIDA — Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is alerting residents of tax-season scams to look out for.

Moody said that the IRS reported a more than 300% increase in reports of suspicious activity from 2021 to 2022.

She launched the Tax-Season Scams Series to make people aware of common tax-related schemes and provide tips about how to avoid them.

“IRS reports of suspicious activity skyrocketed last year—up more than 300%. To make sure Floridians are protected from common tax scams, I launched this series and hope that it continues to guide taxpayers as we move closer to the filing deadline,” Moody said.

Moody highlighted the following tax-related scams, which she said are some of the most common:

  • Fraudulent Tax Preparers: Fake tax preparers, often advertising the cheapest rates or promising the greatest refunds, aim to obtain a victim’s personal and financial information.
  • Tax Identity Theft: When a bad actor uses, or attempts to use, personal information of another individual to commit tax fraud.
  • Refund Recalculation Scheme: Phishing emails sent to targets that look like a tax-refund payment or a recalculation of a tax refund—attaching a link to input personal information to claim the refund.
  • IRS Imposter Scams: When a scammer pretends to be the IRS by spoofing caller ID, emails or regular mail to make targets believe the IRS is legitimately attempting to make contact—all in an attempt to phish for personal information.

Find all of the Tax-Season Scam Series alerts here.

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