As tax filing season ends and individuals start receiving their refunds, taxpayers should be aware of a refund scam that may be making the rounds.
The scammer starts by stealing taxpayer information through hacks, uses the stolen information to file a tax return, and then gets the refund deposited into the victim’s account. They then contact the victim and pretend to be the IRS saying that it was a mistaken deposit and to return the money to them. The scammers may make threats for you to return the ‘erroneous deposit’ using a recorded call message, or pose as debt collection agency officials acting on behalf of the IRS.
The IRS has established procedures for taxpayers to follow in the genuine case of a mistaken refund that can be found here: https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc161.