IRS warns about text scams for National Tax Security Awareness week

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The IRS says now is the time for taxpayers to focus on protecting their sensitive information from identity thieves.

The agency announced this week is National Tax Security Awareness week.

A time for taxpayers and tax professionals to become more aware of avoiding scams.

According to the IRS, the holiday shopping season is a prime opportunity for thieves who want your personal financial info.

That info could potentially end up on a fraudulent tax return.

The agency points to the the rise of texting scams, like so-called “Smishing” schemes.

This is when scammers send text messages pretending to be reputable companies to try and get you to reveal private information.

They say shoppers should be on the look out and avoid fictitious text scams.

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