Let’s face it: Filing your income tax is time-consuming and confusing, and scammers play off of the uncertainty that comes along with it. And since no one wants to get on the bad side of the Internal Revenue Service, when you get a call from the “IRS” and they talk about “fraud,” “police,” “back taxes” and “arrests,” it tends to get your attention. It’s that fear that drives the tax-season scammers.
It’s tax season so please make sure your less tech-savvy family and friends are aware of scams in general and this type specifically. My wife almost got caught in a “Canada Post” phishing scheme a few days ago.