CONSUMER ALERT: Beware of tax-related scams!
March 1, 2017
The City of Revere Consumer Affairs department urges residents to beware of scams targeting taxpayers each year during tax season.
Each year during tax time, there is an uptick of data breaches that result from scammers posing as company officials tricking employees into disclosing their W-2 information. That information is then used by the scammers to file false tax returns in residents' names.
The IRS recently issued an alert warning that schools, restaurants, hospitals, and tribal groups are among those presently being targeted. This alert serves to all organizations, including non-profits.
The IRS alert is here – it both describes the hallmarks of the scam and steps that organizations can take to avoid being a victim:
Please spread the word about this notice and be vigilant about any personal tax information shared over the phone or online. With any questions, or to report concerns, contact the Consumer Affairs Department at 781-286-8114.