Pennsylvania's AG warns people of IRS scams during tax season

John McDevitt
February 23, 2019 - 10:36 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- It's tax season and scam artists are making a return. Now, Pennsylvania's attorney general is out with a consumer alert.

"Don't fall for it!"

That's the warning from Attorney General Josh Shapiro. He says last year his office received more than 500 complaints about IRS scams and it's beginning to see them this year.

"There are a lot of different scams," Shapiro said. "One is people calling demanding pre payment on your taxes. The IRS is never going to call you or make that request."

Shapiro says never share your social security number over the phone, don't share your bank account information and make sure you don't leave it lying around or available on an unsecured network. He says you should only give your personal information for tax purposes over encrypted and trusted websites, because scammers also can target your home computer network.

"And they are able target you either with online adds or get enough information to call you based upon the private information you have on your computer at home," Shapiro explained.

The attorney general urges you to make sure proper security software is installed on your computer.

If you are targeted, contact the Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555 or visit the attorney general's website.

"Its important if you've been scammed to let us know right away," Shapiro said. "And I want to be clear, there is nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to be embarrassed of, and we keep this information confidential."