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Tax fraud alert

March 14th, 2011 Comments off

It’s tax time in the United States again. Whether you’re
filing online or off, it’s good to be careful with your personal and financial
information.

Here are some ways you can help protect yourself from online
tax scams:

  • Recognize.
    There are thousands of different kinds of scams. The IRS website states that
    they do not initiate communication with people via email. If you receive an
    email that appears to be from the IRS, it is probably a scam. Also, if you get
    an offer from someone that sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. For
    more information, see the IRS article, Tax
    Scams – How to Recognize and Avoid Them
    .
  • Ignore.
    Never respond to unsolicited emails. If an email looks suspicious, don’t
    respond. And definitely don’t open any
    attachments.
  • Report.
    If you think you might have been a victim of a scam, you can report it to phishing@irs.gov.

For more information from the IRS about tax scams and how to
protect yourself, see Protect your personal information! The IRS
does not initiate taxpayer communications through email
.

For more information
from Microsoft about online fraud, see Get
help with phishing scams, lottery fraud, and other types of scams
.

 

 

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