Tax Season: Missing the Phishing

It’s that time of the year again! While the working masses scramble to get their taxes filed, greedy minds are conjuring up even more ways to steal the identities of honest tax-payers. It’s important to be on the lookout for scams and protect your personal information. Especially take caution with electronically transmitted information as phishing is a popular method of identity theft.

Phishing scams will often deceptively claim to actually be from the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS website offers more information regarding types of identity theft and ways to prevent or avoid them at http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=155682,00.html . The IRS also provides a list of several popular scams, found at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts . The top of the list describes a recent phishing scam which threatens email recipients that they will be penalized for failing to a tax return on time. To inform the public, the IRS notes, “The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or any social media tools to request personal or financial information.”

It is important to be cautious and make sure that a promising message is actually coming from the source it claims before buying into its offer. Above all, be careful who you trust, and have a safe tax day!

Last Updated: July 1, 2014