With Tax Season Comes The Potential For Scams


By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV/KTWT-TV) Scams have been around for decades but with new technology, scammers are finding new ways to try and take advantage of you. Phishing scams have become increasingly popular on sites like Facebook and Twitter. An easy way to safe guard yourself is by changing your social network and email passwords at least once a month.

The more traditional phone scams are still around. Police tell us the best advice is to never give personal information or banking information over the phone.

"The scams that we're noticing that we want the public to be specifically aware of are those ones that are very difficult for us to prosecute because they come from other countries or other locations where we don't have a suspect. A lot of the scams we are seeing in this area are the publisher's clearing house scams. Tax season is coming so we are going to start seeing those tax fraud scams,” said Twin Falls Police Officer Dan Heil.

Police tell us that internet and text message scams are also becoming more popular. If you are unsure about something or think that it might be a scam, contact your local law enforcement agency. The twin falls police department also encourages citizens who have been scammed to file a police report.

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