(ConservativeInsider.org) – Three things are inevitable in life: death, taxes, and tax scams. We may be adding a bit to Benjamin Franklin’s famous saying, but as tax time rolls around again, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warns that scammers are getting more creative this year as they try to steal identities and hefty refunds.
On Friday, February 19, the IRS encouraged tax professionals to make sure their identity protection software and knowledge were ready for this tax filing season:
#IRS and Security Summit partners reminder #TaxPros that they’re prime targets for identity thieves. Beware of a new EFIN scam making the rounds. https://t.co/6utBSBbxon #TaxSecurity pic.twitter.com/n21649JDzs
— IRSnews (@IRSnews) February 20, 2021
According to an earlier press release, tax scammers are targeting tax professionals by impersonating the IRS or potential clients and attempting to steal tax information. As hackers send phishing emails and other bogus links, they steal passwords, Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs), and Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs).
So, we must always stay vigilant by checking email links and verifying the send. Never provide passwords or any official numbers to anyone without a verified and legitimate phone number or email. If you do receive a suspicious email, save the message and send it to [email protected] so it can be investigated by the authorities. Remember, you’re the first defense against hackers and scammers coming for your identity.
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