June 16, 2024

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (File)Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (File)

As we near the close of the 2024 Tax Season Scam Series, Attorney General Ashley Moody is issuing a warning about frauds related to direct deposit refunds.

Scammers may approach potential victims through effective means like phone calls, text messages, or emails, pretending to be representatives of the Internal Revenue Service, and convey that there is an error in the victim’s tax return.

The culprits then proceed to demand the return of the funds, often asking for wire transfer or gift cards as the preferred method of repayment.

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“As we wrap up our 2024 Tax Season Scam Series with a cautionary message about direct deposit refund scams, it’s vital for Florida residents who are anticipating their tax refunds to remain vigilant against deceptive practices,” instructed Moody.

It’s essential to understand that, no matter how persuasive these con artists may seem, the IRS does not send text messages about refunds or call demanding payments via untraceable methods such as gift cards.

Here’s how taxpayers can safeguard themselves against direct deposit refund scams:

  • IRS representatives will not send emails or text messages regarding payments;
  • The IRS accepts payment via various methods and will never insist on receiving payments through wire transfers or gift cards;
  • Immediate payments via specific methods will never be demanded by the IRS; and
  • In case of any doubts, taxpayers can directly reach out to the IRS through the official website.

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To report tax frauds or any other scam, contact the Federal Trade Commission at ReportFraud.FTC.gov.

The IRS provides online resources for tracking tax refunds. You could use the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ web tool or download the IRS2Go mobile app to check the status of your refund.

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