The IRS is warning taxpayers to be aware of a new scam affecting the public. The latest scam involves erroneous tax refunds being deposited into the taxpayer’s bank account.

How does the scam happen? Criminals steal taxpayer data and file fraudulent tax returns, then use the taxpayers real bank accounts for the deposit.

Different Versions of the Scam

  • In one version of the scam, criminals posing as debt collection agency officials acting on behalf of the IRS contacted the taxpayers to say a refund was deposited in error, and they asked the taxpayers to forward the money to their collection agency.
  • In another version, the taxpayer who received the erroneous refund gets an automated call with a recorded voice saying he is from the IRS and threatens the taxpayer with criminal fraud charges, an arrest warrant and a “blacklisting” of their Social Security Number. The recorded voice gives the taxpayer a case number and a telephone number to call to return the refund.

If you are the victim of this scam. Immediately notify your accountant or Tax Professional.