If you’ve read our previous blog posts on phishing scams, malware, and IRS fraud, you know the importance of financial security, particularly during the tax season. Without fail, scams spike during tax season as criminals invent new and ingenious ways to take advantage of the insecurity and stress that often accompany the months before April 15.
According to the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker, tax scams ranked at the top nationally, accounting for more than 2,000 reports of the 10,000 total scams. Additionally, the IRS says that consumers have lost more than $23 million over the past three years to impostors posing as federal agents tricking victims into making false tax payments.
Don’t let this happen to you. Here are a few of the security precautions that taxpayers and tax preparers can take before the April 15, 2016 filing deadline. Whether it’s a blatant scam or a technological invasion, it’s worth taking a few minutes in advance to save yourself hours (and dollars) worth of future headaches.Read More