Most people don’t associate tax season and fraud. Those folks aren’t aware of how easy it is for fraudster to steal their tax return. Access wants you to be informed consumers who protect their personal information… Here’s some advice from the IRS:
Phishing (as in “fishing for information” and “hooking” victims) is a scam where Internet fraudsters send e-mail messages to trick unsuspecting victims into revealing personal and financial information that can be used to steal the victims’ identity. Current scams include phony e-mails which claim to come from the IRS and which lure the victims into the scam by telling them that they are due a tax refund.
The IRS periodically alerts taxpayers to, and maintains a list of, phishing schemes using the IRS name, logo or Web site clone. If you have any doubt about someone approaching you for information go to the IRS website and search for alerts on some of the scams going on out there.
In the coming days we’ll be talking about spending your tax return vs. saving it…How will you handle yours?