DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – According to Attorney General Mike DeWine, they’ve had more than 1,400 scams reported to his office since January 1st.
People who complained say the scam generally begins with a call claiming you’re in trouble with the IRS. Officials says you’re eventually asked to send money or your personal information to resolve the supposed problem.
Tax identity theft is also another more common scam they’ve seen this year. It happens when someone else files a fraudulent tax return using your social security in order to get that person’s tax refund in return.
Last year, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section received 700 cases of tax identity theft.
Experts with Jackson Hewitt say scammers typically use fear or whatever means necessary to try and scare you to get you to pay up.
“They’ll either get it directly from you and say you owe us money, you need to pay it, were going to come arrest you,” Jackson Hewitt Tax Specialist Karen Sweeney. “You are going to go to jail. First of all, you need a warrant for your arrest. And you have to go to court before you go to jail.”
Experts say you can protect yourself by filing your tax return early, not responding to threatening robocalls, and make sure you trust your tax files.