We have a client who is a recent victim of identity theft. Their personal identifying information was used to secure a tax refund of approximately $8,000. Funds were stolen from the US Treasury, not from our client.
Data breaches like this are becoming all too common. This week we cover some steps you can take to protect yourself.
Don’t be scammed by those posing as the IRS. Our household has received several aggressive attempts to scam us by posing as the IRS. These schemers are good! The IRS issued its Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2015. “Whether it’s a phone scam or scheme to steal a taxpayer’s identity, there are simple steps to take to help stop these con artists,” according to an Internal Revenue Service news release.
Protect Your Medical Data from Identity Theft. Identity thieves increasingly target medical records, a rich trove of personal information. Our client’s information was obtained from the data breach at Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield. This Wall Street Journal article offers some tips for consumers to protect themselves.
Be Vigilant-not Paranoid about CyberSecurity. One advisory firm goes into great detail about attacks against their clients in the last 12 months. This article provides a thorough set of recommendations to help you protect yourself.
Victim of tax ID theft? What to do next. This USA Today article tells you what to do if you have been scammed. It also provides links to resources to help you protect yourself against ID theft.
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