Don’t Get Scammed

Tis the season. . . .

For a risky time for people and their sensitive data.  Online shopping, impostors posing as charities seeking donations, spam, robocalls, tax scams, . . . .

What can you do to protect your information?  The IRS encourages people to review some simple steps to protect their data and protect their tax returns during filing season.  What are these simple steps?

  • Use strong security software
  • Use strong passwords
  • Don’t share your passwords
  • If you get a call from someone alleging to be from the IRS, HANG UP. Don’t buy into their scam.
  • Watch your emails for suspicious mail.
  • When using the internet, use “HTTPS” rather than “HTTP”. What’s the difference?  The “S” stands for secure and means that all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.

The IRS is launching a special Twitter handle called @IRSTaxSecurity to share the latest scam and security alerts that routinely increase during tax season. Taxpayers can follow @IRSTaxSecurity. The Summit partners encourage people to share security information using the #TaxSecurity hashtag.

Do what you can to protect yourself from becoming a victim.



About the Author

Kay Sowa is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Group at Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent, an Accredited Estate Planner®, and a Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor. She oversees the trust and estate administration practice for the firm. She is an accomplished author and lecturer who has frequently spoken on behalf of a number of organizations including the National Business Institute and the Institute of Paralegal Education.

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