Happy Cyber Monday! As you digest your leftovers and cruise the Internet in search of online shopping deals, remember to put safety up front. 6th The annual National Tax Protection Awareness Week begins today and continues till December 3. IRS and its security summit The partners have set aside this week to focus on helping taxpayers and tax professionals protect sensitive information and prevent identity theft. This year’s Awareness Week focuses on Americans old and young. Summit participants want Americans to understand that “even if someone doesn’t file a tax return, their online interactions may allow scam artists to obtain sensitive information and use it to attempt to obtain a refund.” “
According to Security Summit partners“Taxpayers and tax professionals face an increased risk in the coming months as fraudsters use the pandemic as a way to trick people into sharing sensitive personal information by email, text messages and online. continue. Identity thieves can use that information to file tax returns and steal refunds.” Often, online security involves a compromise between convenience and security. At this time of year, no matter how long it took you , it is best to make a mistake in terms of security.
tracking package? Avoid clicking on track package links sent via e-mail or text message. Instead, log-in to your account on the online shopping site and use your account information to track packages. It is very easy for identity thieves to trick legitimate sites and trick you into clicking on a malicious link that will not help you track your package, but your online activity (credit card information, username and password). including). Sometimes clicking on a link causes ransomware to be installed on your computer. Then your time (and money) saver sinks in as you struggle to gain access to your vacation photos and other important information.
Looking for Discount? Same thing. Offers with links to deep discounts or rewards usually sound too good to be true. Again, it’s best to just browse through the site in question, log in to your account, and see if you have any notifications or special offers.
Donate? Do not click on soliciting e-mails or text messages. Browse to the charity of your choice and make your donation through their website. Or, consider going really old school and mailing them a check!
If your checking account is linked to your savings account to prevent overdrafts, this is a protection you may want to disable, even if only during the holiday shopping (fraud) season. Consider using a credit card instead of a debit card for online shopping and donations. Credit card companies provide protection against fraudulent transactions. Most card issuers will immediately close the account and replace your card when investigating fraudulent transactions. And when the transaction is posted and when you receive your details, it provides some time to resolve any issues. If you use a debit card, fraudsters may clear your account(s) before they have a chance to report fraudulent transaction(s) and close the account. And if you don’t already monitor your bank accounts regularly, now is a great time to start. Checking account activity two or three times a week will help you identify potential problems before they turn into big headaches.
Throughout the week, the IRS and its partners will issue advice to both taxpayers and tax professionals on how to keep sensitive information safe. Summit participants will publish information on various social media platforms (including video-based tips on YouTube) using the hashtag #TaxSecurity. Staying cyber safe this holiday season will give you peace of mind and can help prevent tax issues when tax season opens in early 2022.
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