Source: Yahoo! Finance
By: Daniel Howley
Tax season is a waking nightmare for Americans. Well, it is for me, at least. Between figuring out how to file, trying to understand my W2 and remembering how to do basic math, it can be extremely stressful. But there’s something even scarier lurking out there this time of year: tax scammers.
Yes, in case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.
Luckily, there are a few ways to spot these scams and protect yourself.
Fake IRS phone calls
One of the most common scams out there today is the IRS phone call. It usually goes something like this. You get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS. They say you haven’t paid your taxes properly and owe Uncle Sam some serious cash. The scammer will then demand that you pay them immediately or they’ll send the feds over and have you arrested.