Monday, May 19, 2008

Franchise Tax Board warns of Online Scams

Taxpayers are being warned by the Franchise Tax Board of two scams involving the tax board and identity theft. According to this article, "The first scam involves an e-mail "phishing" for taxpayer data." This type of scam works by attempting "to lure people into revealing personal and financial information, such as Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers, which may be used to steal that taxpayer's identify."
Another scam "involves a phony letter informing the taxpayer his or her tax return may be audited. The letter refers the taxpayer to a fake FTB address in Georgia. Both the e-mail and the letter contain misspellings and grammatical errors."
Taxpayers who receive such information should contact the FTB at 800.852.5711.

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