This week kick offs the IRS Tax Security Awareness Week. The goal is to educate taxpayers on steps they should do to protect themselves from identity theft and tax scams, as well as protect their valuable financial data in advance of the upcoming filing season.
Yes, scammers are already starting to ramp up their tactics to get your personal information. They like to use the busy holiday season — a time when you may not be paying as much attention — to try and get you to take the bait.
What you need to know to protect your passwords educates those who use the same passwords over and over again. Why are phishing scams so successful? Because so many of us use the same passwords. Criminals know this and take advantage of it.
The IRS has a short 90-second video on phone scams. The warning: do not give out your personal information over the phone especially if you did not call the person. They may say they work for the IRS or your local government office, but how do you really know they work there?
Remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!