How to prevent IRS scams


Once a thief knows your Social Security number…you’re at very high risk for having your identity stolen. Computer crime concept A report on bankrate.com says that the IRS is warning of a cyber attack on its electronic filing PIN application. Thieves infiltrated it with malware in an attempt to claim other people’s refunds as their own. Over 450,000 SSNs were involved, and over 100,000 of them enabled the hackers to access an E-file PIN. Endless scams are directed towards SSNs, like the classic phishing attack. A phishing attack basically goes as follows: An e-mail arrives with an alluring or threatening subject line, which may actually be a warning to protect your SSN. The e-mail looks legitimate, complete with logos and privacy information at the bottom. The hacker’s goal is to get you to fill out a form that includes typing in your SSN. The FTC warns of a “Get Protected” subject line for the latest scam. This scam e-mail mentions the “S.A.F.E. Act 2015” that protects
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