CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The tax deadline for Texas residents has been extended until June 15 because of February’s winter storms.

Many Texans are investigating options to file their taxes, either personally or by using a qualified tax preparer.

The Better Business Bureau says that every year, tax-related scams significantly increase during tax season.

Katie Galan with the BBB says, with an extended window, it gives scammers more time to take your money.

The IRS has issued several alerts on popular versions of tax scams, including educational scams, unemployment benefit scams, “ghost” tax preparer scams and Social Security suspension scams.

To combat the negative impacts of falling victim to these scams, it is important to understand how targets are exposed to scammers, indications of a scam and resources available to resume control of your financial well-being.

The BBB has seen an ongoing IRS-impersonation scam that targets educational institutions, including students and staff who have “.edu” email addresses.

The email displays the IRS logo and includes subject lines regarding tax refund payments. Recipients of the email are directed toward a phishing website where they are asked to provide personal information, such as their Social Security number, name and address.

The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.

To verify the authenticity of communication from the IRS,…

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