Despite the efforts of Americans to nip the tax scam problem in the bud, it’s that time of year again where the best solution against becoming a victim of a tax scam is to proactively protect yourself.
Based on the data we analyze, the IRS and tax phone scams have been on the rise. It has gone up 1218% year over year from January and February 2017 to 2018.
From calls threatening to take legal action, sending arrest warrants, filing lawsuits, and requesting financial and personal information, Hiya still sees the oldest tricks in the book trending in 2018.
To help Americans avoid these calls, we’ve identified the top area codes where tax scams appear to originate:
- 202 – Washington, D.C.
- 206 – Seattle
- 315 – Upstate new York
- 470 – Atlanta
- 631 – Central and East Long Island, NY
- 314 – St. Louis, Missouri
- 415 – San Francisco
- 786 – Miami
- 646 – New York City
Despite being familiar with the different types of scams, it’s always good to refresh oneself on what to look out for now that tax season is in full swing.
Check out what the IRS deemed to be the “Dirty Dozen” Tax scams below, because they may be making another comeback this year: