IRS Tax Fraud Alert

Feb 26, 2018
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that the IRS has identified a new fraud alert in which cybercriminals have stolen client data from tax professionals, then filed fraudulent refunds using real taxpayer information, including bank account and routing information for direct deposit.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that the IRS has identified a new fraud alert in which cybercriminals have stolen client data from tax professionals, then filed fraudulent refunds using real taxpayer information, including bank account and routing information for direct deposit.

The fraudster then contacts the taxpayer posing as an employee of a debt collection agency working on behalf of the IRS. They ask the taxpayer to take certain steps to return the refund, but actually the refund goes to the criminals.

If a taxpayer thinks they might be a victim, the IRS is asking them to call their bank or financial institution where the deposit was received to have them return it to the IRS; then to call the IRS toll-free at 800-829-1040 (individual) or 800-829-4933 (business) to explain why the direct deposit is being returned. 

Nusenda members should review their statements to confirm that listed transactions are valid via Internet Banking or the Mobile Banking app, and notify us immediately of any unauthorized transactions or suspicious deposits at 889-7755 (800-347-2838 outside the Albuquerque area).

For more information on how we protect member financial information, visit our Account Security page. As a reminder, all transactions made with your credit union debit or credit cards are protected by Visa’s Zero Liability policy, which protects you from fraudulent charges. 

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