The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) is reminding taxpayers to remain vigilant in protecting their private information from scam artists who don’t take vacations.
The Department says tax-related scams and identity theft remains a serious issue across the United States throughout the year, and not just during income tax filing season. ADOR advises people to be on the lookout at home and at work for criminals using phishing schemes, like the W-2 scam, fraudulent phone marketing and online cons.
The Department of Revenue recommends extreme caution anytime a person receives a strange offer or message, including if they are texted, a scam known as “smishing”. Smishing is where a criminal uses a text message that directs a victim to a website or to call a phone number, where the person will be convinced to provide confidential information. If someone receives a strange text from an unknown person, they should avoid clicking on the link. Even if the text appears legitimate, it should be verified.
At work, the W2 scam continues to be reported. The W2 scam involves a phishing email sent to someone in a company’s human resources or payroll office that appears to be from an executive of that business and asks for payroll information containing confidential information, be emailed immediately. The Department of Revenue advises companies and their staff to never respond to the email, and instead connect with the person whose name is on the email by phone or in person to confirm its authenticity.
ADOR recommends Arizonans to remain cautious, and if they have questions or concerns should contact the Department of Revenue’s Identity Theft Call Center ((602)-716-6300 or toll free: 1-800-352-4090), the Internal Revenue Service, or the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
The Department of Revenue has an advanced fraud prevention system in place and continues to adapt and introduce new counter measures to address ongoing consumer scams.