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BBB Educates US Citizens About The Latest Tax, Stimulus, ID and Social Security Scams

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This year, 2022, heralds one of the busiest, and most chaotic tax seasons, in, perhaps, recent US history. As a direct result of the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) is currently experiencing a huge backlog of tax returns, and document submissions or personal tax inquiries. The IRS has taken measures to address such backlogs, however, at present, their offices are hiring more staff.

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Schemes Scams And Identity Theft

Furthermore, as this year marks another COVID-19 era tax season, there are many tax credits and stimulus payments still to be cashed in on. For this reason, identity theft, tax scams, and social security scams are rife. As scammers are opportunistic – the current opportunity of cashing in on unemployment stimulus funds, or family child tax credit seems to have arisen. Various role-players have tried to create added awareness of the current fraudulent schemes and scams that such criminals use to cash in on such initiatives. They also aim at providing information on how consumers can protect themselves from these scams and such ID theft.

The – ‘National Consumer Protection Week’

Besides the IRS itself, which issues various scam alerts, according to The Marshall News Messenger, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is teaming up with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to help educate and promote consumer safety and protection. This will all be done during the National Consumer Protection Week, which ends March 19, 2022.

As such, the BBB aims at creating added awareness of the various scams and schemes that consumers might be victims of in regards to ID theft. This is all being done so in terms of the various COVID-19 pandemic, and the new opportunities the various tax credits, unemployment benefits, and stimulus payments create with such schemers and criminals.

What To Watch Out For

In brief, the BBB offers a lot of practical advice to protect the US consumer from these fraudulent schemes and ploys as well as protecting them from ID theft. They offer the following basic pointers or guidelines in this regard:

 

 

 

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