SAINT PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Revenue recently published a warning for Minnesotans to be aware of an over-the-phone phishing scam. The department says that “Phishing (as in “fishing for information” and “hooking” victims) is a scam to trick taxpayers into revealing personal and financial information which can be used to steal the taxpayer’s identity.”
“If you receive a phone call or voice message saying you are being audited by the IRS and that you must call back to make a payment to settle the tax debt, chances are you are the target of this scam,” Sen. Clausen said. “Be vigilant if you receive a call like this and NEVER provide personal information unless you are certain the call is legitimate.”
The Department of Revenue encourages Minnesotans to visit its website, listed below, to learn more about frauds and tax scams, as well as how to report suspicious activity. The Department of Revenue website is: http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/use_of_information/Pages/fraud_alerts.aspx
Information on identity theft protection can be found at: https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Identity-Protection
Senator Clausen also encourages Minnesotans to sign up for email updates from the Department of Revenue on these scams, which often target our most vulnerable citizens. Sign up for alerts at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNREV/subscriber/new?topic_id=MNREV_145.
If you have questions or concerns on over-the-phone scams or any issue dealing with state government, please don’t hesitate to contact Sen. Clausen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call his office at 651.296.4120.