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IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Hurricane Sandy Relief

The IRS issued a consumer alert on November 9, 2012 about possible scams taking place in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email or in-person solicitations. Following major disasters, it is common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Scam artists can use a variety of tactics. Some scammers operating bogus charities may contact people by telephone to solicit money or financial information. They may even directly contact disaster victims and claim to be working for or on behalf of the IRS to help the victims file casualty loss claims and get tax refunds. They may attempt to get personal financial information or Social Security numbers that can be used to steal the victims’ identities or financial resources.