Why You should file your Tax Return Yesterday


Someone else might file your taxes if you don’t get to it. And they won’t be doing it as a favor; they’ll be doing it to steal your identity. Here’s how it works: Cyber thieves send fraudulent e-mails to a business’s employees. The e-mails are designed to look like they came from the big wigs at the company. As a result, the targeted employees are tricked into revealing sensitive data about the company’s employees. The crooks end up with all this valuable data—enough to file phony tax returns. This ploy, called spear phishing, has already occurred to major companies. Recently, the Mansueto Ventures company was hit by a spear phishing attack that singled out the employee payroll data. The hacker/s got ahold of the following employee information: Social Security number, name, address and income. Employees have been notified, but how many of those employees have not yet filed their income tax returns? Of those, how many will be victims of identity theft because a hacker fil
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