Protect Yourself from Tax Time Scams
Fraud targeting taxpayers is an ongoing nationwide problem. Tax ID theft occurs when personal information is stolen and used to file a fraudulent tax return. When attempting to file a tax return, victims are notified that the return has already been filed.
Follow these tips to help protect your tax return and refund from identity thieves:
- File early so that scammers have less time to access your information.
- If filing electronically, update your computer with antivirus protection and run anti-spyware software regularly.
- Do not leave tax returns on your computer. Once the return is filed, transfer the information to a flash drive or CD.
- Never click on links or attachments in emails from strangers.
- Never provide your social security number or other personal information to anyone you do not know.
If you suspect tax related identity theft, call the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-908-4490.