Tips for Dealing with Dangerous Tax Scams

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Protecting Sensitive Information

Once you've filed your tax forms, take precautions to prevent them from being stolen. Protect the data stored on your hard drive by either encrypting it or copying it to storage media (e.g., CD, USB drive) and then deleting it from the computer. The storage media should be stored in a secure location or encrypted itself. Lock all paper copies in a secure location like a filing cabinet. Before disposal, shred any documents that contain sensitive personal information.

Cyber criminals and scammers view tax season as a prime opportunity. There are many ways that you can fall victim to their attacks and scams. The IRS has issued numerous consumer warnings about the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scammers that are trying to trick consumers into providing their personal information (identity theft) in order to steal their financial assets or commit fraud. In addition, tax preparers and tax software vendors are often impersonated. Scammers use email, the web, postal mail, telephone and fax to set up their victims.

In this slideshow, Marie White, CEO of Security Mentor, a security awareness provider, discusses some of the serious tax scams and tax fraud, and offer ways to help you avoid them.

 

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