Be aware of IRS tax fraud
Read here how to protect your identity against thieves and what you should do if your identity is already compromised:
January 29 is the official day of the 2018 tax filing season for common citizen and cybercriminals too. The first rule is always the first who files for the various tax refund because that is what cybercriminals do when they are stealing your identity to get money from the state.
Although the IRS says that this type of fraud has seen a decrease in the last years due to strict measures about tax refund they’ve introduced. The tax fraud is still a thing that affects millions of Americans, and if your file is rejected because it has been already processed, you should immediately file the Identity Theft Affidavit aka Form 14039.
As an extra security measure for those that have been victims of identity fraud the IRS now sends secret PIN codes that must be mentioned in every of that the victim will complete from now on.
Remember to file the tax forms as quickly as possible because this is the best way to beat the cybercriminals and avoid unnecessary stress.
Remember that many companies send tax forms as soon as possible making life easier for their employees. Although many sites are offering this kind of forms like 1099, it is not a good idea to take it from them because they handle private information very poorly due to weak security measures that they have. As an extra tip also remember that if you have all your data in order, you don’t really need the 1099 form attached for any tax returns, the only time you need a form is in the chase when you are filing for refund that requires a W-2 form.
Cybercriminals have gathered many of the private personal info over the years through government websites including IRS that offered an IRS’s Get Transcript service that was poorly secured making it very easy for any cybercriminals to collect data from it.
Another method to evade identity thieves is to place a security freeze on your credit file with the major credit bureaus, which makes data collected by the cybercriminals through IRS’s Get Transcript site unusable for them.
In this period is common to encounter various phishing sites and emails asking for PINs, and other personal info, don’t get lured into them remember that IRS will never contact any individual by mail regarding bills or refunds. If any user stumbled across any of this emails, the IRS invites them to forward the letter to [email protected]rs.gov.
Other tax season frauds are phone tax scams in which crooks are threatening taxpayers with arrest, deportation and other penalties if they don’t make an immediate payment over the phone. Another fraud is threatening fake web pages that may lead to other phone tax scams; this is a cause of malware infestation that hijacks your browser to display malicious content. To stay free of this type of malware and the info-stealing ones that help cybercriminals in tax fraud, every user should have a security system installed into their system, either is a free antivirus or free firewall.
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