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Identity Theft/scams

Posted by Range Officer Rhonda on March 25, 2010

Just a short and sweet post today. Well, maybe not so sweet. I just wanted to warn you to beware of various scams involving identity theft. There are many, but one in particular is very easy to spot. Do NOT EVER accept an email from a sender that appears to be the IRS. If you DO open the email, DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINKS. This is what is called a “Phishing Scam” and they will steal your identity, post charges to your credit card, access your bank account, access your computer files – there are many things they can do with these links.

What should you do? If you receive one of these emails, usually claiming that you have an additional refund due, then forward it to your tax preparer and let them report it. If you feel that you are a victim of identity theft because you ‘may’ have accidentally turned on your curiosity gene and opened one to read it, may have even clicked on a link, then tell your tax rep that as well so that the correct measures can be taken [there actually is a form to file for this] and your account can be flagged. Once you have forwarded this email to your tax rep, then delete it from your system, then go into deleted files and permanently delete it or empty it from your trash bin. As an additional safety measure, some people have their email set up to automatically save all messages to their PC. Be sure and check that file too and make sure a copy of the email isn’t hiding there as well.

If you want more information on ‘phishing scams’ – you can do a search on the IRS website at: www.irs.gov; or you can ask me or even your own tax representative.


One Response to “Identity Theft/scams”

  1. Kathy said

    Thanks for the tax tip. I don’t think I would open an email from the IRS, but sometimes that curiosity gene takes over before my brain kicks into gear.

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