GREENSBORO, N.C. — If you've already filed your taxes, chances are your federal refund has arrived and you're still waiting for your state return.
North Carolina says electronic returns might take up to 8 weeks. Paper returns may take up to 12. And scammers are trying new ways to get that check before you do.
Here are some of the most common ways they may try to scam you.
Scammers might call claiming to be with the Department of justice or the IRS, saying you haven't paid your taxes. They might even spoof the caller id information to make it look like it's official. You may even get an email that looks like a bill for unpaid taxes.
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The scammers will then ask for payment via debit card or ask for your social security number. Don't give them anything. The IRS says they'll never call you asking for immediate payment.
Apart from never sharing your personal information, make sure you use security software whenever you access the IRS or other sensitive information on your website. And if you think you've been scammed, you can contact the inspector general by clicking this link.