You may see spam texts reading that they are “from the IRS.”
But those aren’t the only ones, and there are steps you can take to end it.
How do I know it’s a spam text?
Getting texts from an unknown number may seem like a simple mistake. But, it is usually a scammer trying to steal personal information. Text scams cost Americans about $131 million in 2021. Read more about it here.
Scammers will use a range of stories in order to get a reply. Some common tactics are:
- promise free prizes or gift cards
- offer a low interest credit card
- promise to help pay off loans
- say they’ve noticed suspicious activity on your account
- claim that there is a problem with your payment information
- send a fake invoice asking you to contact them
- send a fake package delivery notification
Keep in mind that the IRS will never contact you via phone. The service only contacts taxpayers via mail.
What do I do if I get a spam text?
Don’t respond to the message and don’t click on any links if you feel it is fraudulent. A few effective ways for filtering out the messages are:
- block the number from your phone
- block robo calls through your service provider here
- use a call blocking app
If you get a spam message, there are three ways to report it:
- report it on the messaging app you use, there should be an option to report to junk or spam
- copy the message and forward it `to 7726(SPAM)
- report it to the FTC here
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