Small Business Taxes & Management

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IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to South Carolina Flood Victim Relief


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It's sad, but there's nothing like a natural disaster to bring out the scammers and con artists. The IRS has issued a consumer alert about possible fake charity scams emerging due to severe flooding this month in South Carolina and neighboring states.

Following major disasters, it is common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers.

Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email or in-person solicitations.

The IRS cautions people wishing to make disaster-related charitable donations to avoid scam artists by following these tips:

Some additional suggestions:

Bogus websites may solicit funds for disaster victims. Such fraudulent sites frequently mimic the sites of, or use names similar to, legitimate charities, or claim to be affiliated with legitimate charities in order to persuade members of the public to send money or provide personal financial information that can be used to steal identities or financial resources.

Additionally, scammers often send email that steers the recipient to bogus websites that appear to be affiliated with legitimate charitable causes.

More information about tax scams and schemes may be found at using the keywords “scams and schemes.”


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