Tax Season: Fraud & Phishing Scams

It’s tax time! For some, it might mean a nice refund, but it also means open season for identity thieves. Safeguarding your personal information is important to us, just as we know it is important to you. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen information to file a tax return and claim a fraudulent refund.

Data breaches and computer hacks can put your information at risk, and would-be thieves use email phishing scams and other tactics to gain access to your personally identifiable information. To help safeguard your identity during this tax season (and beyond), we’ve put together some tips for reducing your risk.

– Always use a secure, private network if filing taxes online; also use strong passwords and anti-virus protection

– Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails, threatening calls, and texts from potential thieves

– Remember that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information

– File early to beat out any possible identity thieves

– Shred all documents with sensitive info

– Regularly check your credit report for suspicious activity

– Do not click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious emails

Sometimes, even the best precautions aren’t enough. If you find yourself a victim of tax-related identity theft, you’ll want to act quickly. The IRS can help with resolving your case. You may also have some protection available through your insurance policy. Check with your carrier to find out, or click here to learn more from one of our partners.

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