Beware of Scammers in the COVID-19 Era

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The IRS released COVID-19 Tax Tips that preparers need to ensure they are sharing with their clients. 

The key points of the tip:

  • Be on the Lookout (BOLO) for IRS impersonation calls, texts and email phishing attempts about the COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments 
  • Remind your clients that the IRS will NOT call, email or text to verify or request personal, financial or banking information 
  • Don’t open emails you are not expecting to receive and do not click links if you do open them 
  • Do not provide personal information 
  • Forward suspicious emails to phishing@irs.gov 
  • If you or your clients have questions, visit the irs.gov website for the most up to date information 

It is a scam if:

  • They ask you to sign your check over to them
  • They askfor verification of personal or banking information
  • They suggest they can help you get your funds faster
  • They send you a check and ask you to call to verify information

The scammers are like sharks and the money is the blood in the water. The sharks are swimming and looking for prey. Make sure your clients are informed enough and prepared to deal with these predators and don’t become their prey. 

Information is power, so pass it along.

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Gary DeHart
Gary DeHart has worked in media for more than 25 years and has been instrumental in developing new revenue streams and business opportunities for the companies he has worked for. Prior to launching Insightful Accountant (formerly Intuitive Accountant), Gary was the Associate Publisher of Accounting Today. Prior to working in media serving the public accounting market, he worked in media for employee benefit managers and brokers, automotive design, textile manufacturing and recreational boating. In addition to being the Publisher and Managing Partner of Insightful Accountant, Gary works with select clients within the accounting market on channel development and growth. He is an Assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, enjoys fly fishing, time on the beach, cooking on the Big Green Egg and spending time with his family.