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With Tax Season Here, Watch Out For New Phone Scams, Cuomo Warns

Phone scams targeting New Yorkers are on the rise now that tax season is here. Photo Credit: File
Gov. Andrew Cuomo warns the public to guard their personal information from phone scammers. Photo Credit: Instagram/nygovcuomo

With the tax season here, consumers need to be wary of fraudulent calls from individuals posing as Treasury representatives, according to an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Over the past several weeks, taxpayers and tax preparers have received calls from scammers claiming to be from the U.S. and New York State Treasury Departments.

“Our administration is committed to protecting consumers from scammers who seek to prey on hard working New Yorkers,” said Cuomo.

“New Yorkers need to remain vigilant, be skeptical of anyone seeking to solicit personal information, and report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities.”

“Taxpayers must stay vigilant against these crimes, particularly during tax season when malicious individuals attempt to exploit unwitting taxpayers,” Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Jerry Boone said, Tax payers and tax preparers need to be wary of the following three new scams:

Scammers posing as NYS or U.S. Treasury representatives: The fraudulent callers ask for bank information and $250 in return for a larger sum of cash to come at a later date.

Pocketing Affordable Care Act penalties: Uninsured New Yorkers may face another tax scam involving penalties under the Affordable Care Act. In some cases, untrustworthy tax preparers tell clients to pay the penalties directly to them, and they keep the money. Taxpayers should never make a tax payment directly to an individual or tax preparer. Payments should be made only with a tax return or in response to a letter from the IRS.

Tax preparers become the targets: Preparers are targeted by phone calls demanding client information. The scammers pretend to be from the IRS in hopes of gaining user names and passwords to taxpayer accounts.

A new webpage has been launched for New Yorkers to report scams, fraud, and identity theft.

Click here to report a scam, fraud or identity theft.

Click here for a fraud recording sample.

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