BBB: Watch out for scams during tax season

BBB offers tips on filing taxes, avoiding scams

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - As we get deeper into tax season, it’s time to watch out for tax related scams.

Whitney Quick with the Better Business Bureau said they’re getting an increase of calls about these scams right now.

According to Quick, the IRS will never call or email you, so that’s the first red flag.

Scammers might ask for a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer, two more warning signs something isn’t right.

It’s also common for them to tell you there’s an issue with your refund to get your personal information.

“They are doing this in order to get your social security number, your bank account information, and it works because a lot of people really are looking forward to that money that’s coming back for their refund. So they do offer up that information unfortunately," said Quick.

If you get a letter in the mail saying you already filed, Quick said that’s a sign someone might have stolen your information and filed for you.

She recommends you file your taxes as soon as possible and call the IRS if you think you’ve been scammed.

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