Finance officials: Beware of fake refund scam in Del.
On Thursday, officials are warning against an evolving tax scam which involves fake refund deposits, in Delaware.
Delaware's Division of Revenue says on Thursday, they are alerting taxpayers to a new and growing scam involving fraudulent tax refunds being deposited into real taxpayer bank accounts. Officials say after the money is deposited, the scammers use various tactics to con taxpayers into turning over those funds.
According to finance officials, the thieves use schemes, including phishing, to steal client data from tax professionals. They then apparently use that information to file fraudulent tax returns, and use the taxpayers' real bank accounts to deposit those tax refunds. State officials say the the scammers ultimately pose as the IRS or other law enforcement representatives by calling attention to the error, and asking taxpayers to return the money to them.
Anyone who ever receives a refund that they were not expecting is asked to call the Division of Revenue or check out the Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft or the IRS website for information on how to return a erroneous refund.
If you think you are being scammed, call Delaware Division of Revenue's Fraud Team at 302-856-5358