Even before Congress passes an economic stimulus package, identity thieves are using promises of tax rebates to trick people into revealing financial and personal data, the Internal Revenue Service warned Wednesday.
Under one scheme, the IRS said, people are receiving phone calls telling them they can only receive a rebate if they provide bank account information for a direct deposit.
The tax agency stressed that it does not collect information by telephone and that no legislation has been enacted that would allow it to provide advance payments to taxpayers or that specifies the details of those payments.
* I can attest to this. Last year, I got a phone call from someone asking for this information. I asked how they got my phone number (as they called me on my cell phone.) They said they got it off my tax forms. When I pointed out that there was no phone number listed on my tax forms, they hung up.