June 25, 2024

LINCOLN — As tax season prolongs until April 15, Nebraskans are being urged to stay alert regarding tax-associated fraudulence.

Nebraska’s Attorney General Mike Hilgers. Photo captured on June 30, 2023. (Zach Wendling/Nebraska Examiner)

On Thursday, Nebraska’s Attorney General Mike Hilgers and Treasurer Tom Briese alerted the public about fraudsters dispatching messages that mimic formal documentation from tax software firms, Internal Revenue Service, state organizations, or tax consultants of Nebraskans. According to the IRS, these scams have swindled thousands of people out of their personal details or billions of dollars.

“Fraudsters may imitate the language, emblems or typefaces utilized by the IRS to seem as believable as feasible,” stated Hilgers and Briese in a mutual news declaration. “These criminals are aiming to pilfer personal identifiable details from your formal tax papers.”

Frequent scams, including phishing, malware, or email, involve applications for tax statements or reimbursements. These applications may exhibit an official IRS symbol, but linked to them can be risks such as identity theft.

Nebraskans should abstain from clicking on any links in doubtful communications and should authenticate the status of their refunds, advised Hilgers and Briese, directly via the IRS.

Former state senator and current State Treasurer from Albion, Tom Briese. Captured on July 31, 2023. (Zach Wendling/Nebraska Examiner)

Scammers may disguise themselves as IRS officials, and calls may appear legitimate on caller IDs. Nevertheless, it could be a possible fraud, warned the officials.

“The IRS will always initiate contact by sending a mail,” mentioned the statement. “The IRS also doesn’t mandate a specific payment method.”

Typical scams can consist of payment methods that are difficult to reverse, like prepaid debit cards, gift cards, cashier’s checks, or wire transfers.

In instances of dubious calls:

  • Refrain from giving personal or financial information.
  • Terminate the call.
  • Reach out to the IRS directly.

Nebraskans who suspect they might owe back taxes can communicate with the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or surf irs.gov/balancedue. Additional details are obtainable from the Attorney General’s Office or its Consumer Affairs Response Team at 402-471-2682.

“Be extra cautious if you receive any unsought contacts about your tax details,” Hilgers and Briese advised.