DFAS Issues Warning to All Veterans & Military
This document provides information regarding phony refund schemes
related to military disability compensation.
Emails are being
sent to individuals, including military members, military retirees, and civilian employees, which appear to be sent by Defense
Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS). Although the email appears to come from DFAS and displays a .mil
email address it is actually from a non-government email account.
emails indicate that individuals who are receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs may be
able to obtain additional funds from the IRS. These emails are not issued by DFAS.
The email indicates that individuals receiving VA
disability compensation can receive additional funds from the IRS by sending copies of VA award letters, income tax returns,
1099-Rs, Retiree Account Statements, and DD 214s, to a retired Colonel at an address in Florida.
These schemes can be
quite costly for victims. Promoters may charge exorbitant upfront fees to file these claims and are often long gone when victims
discover they’ve been scammed.
Taxpayers should be
careful of these scams because, regardless of who prepared their tax return, the taxpayer is legally responsible for the accuracy
of their tax return and must repay any refunds received in error, plus any penalties and interest. They may even face criminal
avoid becoming ensnared in these schemes, taxpayers should beware of any of the following:
Fictitious claims for refunds or rebates based on false statements of entitlement to tax credits
from unfamiliar senders asking for personal information
Internet solicitations that direct individuals to
toll-free numbers and then solicit Social Security numbers or other personal information
If you receive a notice from the IRS, respond
immediately. If you believe someone may have used your SSN fraudulently, please notify IRS immediately by responding
to the name and number printed on the notice or letter. You will need to fill out the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit, Form 14039.