If you think you are a victim of a tax scam, we recommend that you act immediately by following our guidelines below, and then proceed to our ReportRecover, and Reinforce sections for further assistance.

Some Immediate Action Steps to Take

Report

Reporting cybercrime incidents to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is very important! The more national reporting data that is collected, the better the chance law enforcement has to catch the criminals and decrease online crime. Although the FBI does not resolve individual complaints directly, they will make your report available to local, state and other law enforcement partners. The FAQs about reporting can be found here. Please read the FBI/IC3 privacy policy here. (If you believe that you’ve received a phishing email, please forward the email directly to spam@uce.gov and
reportphishing@apwg.org.)

Recover

These resources have been gathered, selected and vetted to help simplify the process of recovering after a cybercrime incident has taken place. You may need to contact organizations outside Fraudsupport.org. Results will vary depending on your circumstances.

Reinforce

Once you have notified the appropriate organizations and you are on the road to recovery, it is time to reinforce your cybersecurity using these resources and tools.

Implement Preventive Measures

  • Don’t share your Social Security number unless absolutely necessary — provide alternative information when possible.
  • Avoid giving out your Social Security number over the phone unless you initiated the contact or have already established trust.
  • Be sure websites are secure before submitting your Social Security number or personal information. Find out how to spot a fake website.
  • Closely monitor and review your credit reports and accounts on a regular basis. For a free credit report go to annualcreditreport.com.
  • Be aware that the IRS does not contact taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. The first form of contact from the IRS will always come through the mail.
  • Create strong passwords. Learn how from ConnectSafely.org.
  • Always enable a two-step/factor verification on your email, social media and other online accounts – which requires an additional code to log in.
  • Learn what an IRS Imposter Scam can look like with this IRS Imposter Scam Infographic.

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