Adam Levin shared tips with ABC7NY on how to avoid phony IRS tax scams. Tax season is typically an active time for identity thieves who file false returns, often by using personal information stolen through phishing or vishing scams.
Levin shared the following red flags for tax identity theft:
1) A low price that’s too good to be true: $19 for 2018 TurboTax premiere when the real deal on Intuits official site is $109.
2) The website link the scam pop-up leads you too isn’t secure. It should have a padlock and an S at the end of http.
3) TurboTax will never send you an email asking for login and password info.
4) TurboTax will never send an email with an attachment saying “here is a download you need to update your system.”
See the news segment here.