Taxpayers Targets of Identity Theft

Taxpayers Targets of Identity TheftTax time for citizens of the U.S is also identity theft season for thieves. An investigation done by an agency last fall stated that the IRS identified 642,000 identity theft occasions. Alarmingly, the IRS have no idea of the specific extent of these identity thefts happening when people file taxes.

Fortunately, there are a few things that can be done so you won’t be a victim:
  • Don’t talk to strangers. File your taxes with a reputable tax professional or use legitimate tax prep software programs.
  • Don’t fall for phishing schemes. The IRS does not initiate communications with taxpayers via email or phone. So that urgent email message about a possible refund is probably a scam.
  • Do update your computer spyware and firewall. If you do open a malicious email, it could protect you from malware designed to steal your personal information.

Source: Yahoo! Finance

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