Tips for Dealing with Dangerous Tax Scams

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Malware

Cyber criminals send emails appearing to come from the IRS or a tax preparer that contain a malicious attachment. If you open the attachment, malware will be installed on your computer. In addition, websites you visit can even download malware automatically; this is called drive-by malware. The best way to protect yourself is to not open attachments from unexpected emails and to run anti-malware software.

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.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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