With tax season under way, local enforcement are warning residents about common scams.

Many times suspects can file made-up tax returns using victims’ social security numbers and other personal information. Most victims don’t know this has happened until they attempt to file their own return. This is one of the hardest frauds to prevent.

Also scams can happen over the phone, which include people calling pretending to work for the Internal Revenue Service and telling the victim that they owe money and need to make a payment right away.

It’s a good time to remember that the IRS never asks for personal information over the phone and never insists that taxpayers use a specific type of payment. Authorities also say it’s a good idea to safeguard your personal information.

  • Don’t carry your social security card
  • Only give out your social security number if it’s necessary
  • Check your credit report regularly
  • Look over your social security report each year
  • Use antivirus software on all computers

You can check your Social Security report each year at SSA.gov.