You’re Not the Only One Preparing Your Taxes

Preparation for tax season has begun, which means criminals and fraudsters are already busy deploying their next scam. Tax season typically brings about an influx of phishing scams with the intent of siphoning personal and financial data from unsuspecting victims.

These tax scams come in many forms: Fraudsters may try to impersonate the IRS, they may pretend to be tax professionals promising refunds that are too good to be true, or they may try to steal your identity to gain access to your tax refund.
As April gets closer, be on full alert and apply the following tips to help protect yourself from becoming the next tax fraud victim:

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•Never click on links embedded in emails or open any attachments from unknown email accounts or from accounts that you suspect to be fraudulent.
•Always independently verify that any requested information is originating from a legitimate source.
•Enter a site’s domain address yourself when visiting a website.
•If you are contacted via phone for personal information, hang up, look up the number for the institution calling you on the institution’s website and call back with the number found on the site. Do not give out information on an unsolicited phone call.

Help protect your identity and personal information by utilizing the above smart practices. Don’t let the stress of tax preparation season cause your guard to be down.

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