Scammers Get Creative As Tax Day Quickly Approaches

With Tax Day only two weeks away, Reform Online Lending has seen a rise in tax-related scam complaints. Scammers often falsely claim to be representatives from the IRS or U.S. Department of the Treasury to fool consumers.

Similar to the scam highlighted in our February blog post, ROL has recently been informed of another deceptive caller claiming to represent the Treasury. The caller is relentless, leaving numerous voicemails and calling multiple times a day. This particular scammer threatens arrest if the individual doesn’t cooperate and requests to be called back at 214-617-9668.

We’ve also been informed that, in order to further deceive victims, the caller will hang up and call back with a number that appears on Caller ID as the local police department. This tactic is known as “ghost calling” and can be very intimidating. If you receive a similar phone call, don’t give-in to fear tactics. First, do a Google search of the phone number and research recent tax-related scams. If you are still unsure, call the IRS or U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Tax-related scams, and consumer scams in general, are constantly evolving, making it more difficult for consumers to identify when they are being scammed. Consequently, the best line of defense is to remain informed and educated.