People are warned to be cautious of tax season scams.
Wired PR News — As it gets closer to April 15, which is the deadline to file taxes, Internet scams are on the rise. As reported by CNET News, individuals are warned to be cautious of common scams such as e-mails that are claimed to be from the IRS and online tax preparation assistance.
The most widely used scam is an e-mail which either informs the potential victim that their tax refund is ready, offers assistance in filing a refund, or offers to assist in settling a debt. The e-mail includes a link and requires the recipient to type in a Social Security number, bank information, and other personal information, which are all reportedly requests never made by the IRS.
Ryan Burnett, a director with Breach Security is quoted in the report as stating, “Filing your taxes online is extremely convenient, however if you want to maintain the privacy of your data, you need to ensure that you are connecting to the proper web site, that the connection is using encryption, and that your computer is free from malware.”
Photo Credit: Wikipedia