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Donít Let Tax Season Turn into Scam Season

Digital Citizens, Thursday, April 4, 2013

We are sure you are aware that taxes are due next week. Many Americans are rushing to file their taxes before April 15, and the fear and stress of tax time make many of these taxpayers prime targets for scams. To help make sure you aren’t one of them, Digital Citizens Alliance is releasing a new report by Security Fellow Garth Bruen detailing these tax scams and providing tips on how to avoid them.

As Bruen points out:

  • Your tax return documents contain all the information an identity thief needs to become you all wrapped up in one neat package.
  • If you get an e-mail from the IRS, it’s fake. IRS emails do not exist.
  • Pirated tax software is common and can open you up to malware, and online tax preparation services can also be home to scams.
  • There are many sketchy tax return preparers looking to victimize you.
  • Most tax-related identity theft victims do not know about the crime until they try to file their real tax return.

In between getting your tax documents together and filing your return, take some time to read this report. Get educated and take some simple steps to protect yourself. Tax season is stressful enough; you shouldn’t have to deal with the added burden of dealing with tax scams, too.

View our Tax Scam Report by clicking here.

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