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Protect Yourself: How to Spot and Avoid Tax Filing Scams


Tax season is a time when many people are focused on filing their taxes and getting their refunds. Unfortunately, it is also a time when scammers are looking to take advantage of unsuspecting victims. Scammers use a variety of tactics, from phishing emails to phone scams, to steal your personal information and money.

In this blog, we will highlight some important fraud reminders for tax season so that you can protect yourself from fraudulent activity.

1. Beware of Phishing Emails

Phishing emails are fraudulent emails that appear to come from a legitimate source, such as the IRS or your bank. These emails often ask for personal information, such as your Social Security number or bank account information. If you receive an email that looks suspicious, do not click on any links or provide any personal information.

2. Be Wary of Phone Scams

Scammers may call you and pretend to be from the IRS or another government agency. They may threaten you with legal action or arrest if you do not pay a supposed tax debt. Remember that the IRS will never call you to demand immediate payment, nor will they threaten to have you arrested.

3. Protect Your Social Security Number

Your Social Security number is one of the most valuable pieces of personal information that you have. Be careful about who you share it with and make sure that you are only providing it to trusted sources. Never provide your Social Security number over the phone or in an email.

4. Use Strong Passwords

Make sure that you are using strong passwords for all your online accounts, including your tax preparation software. A strong password should be at least 8 characters long and include a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using easily guessable passwords such as your name or birthdate.

5. Keep Your Computer Secure

Make sure that your computer is protected with up-to-date antivirus software and a firewall. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks to access sensitive information such as your tax return. If you need to use a public network, consider using a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your connection.

Scammers always look for ways to take advantage of people during tax season. By being aware of the tactics that scammers use and taking steps to protect your personal information, you can avoid becoming a victim of one of these schemes. Have a safe tax filing season!

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