Tax season is upon us and the scam artists are once again looking for a way to dupe unsuspecting individuals to provide confidential information. Below are some helpful tips for users to remain vigilant to safeguard their information.
The MS-ISAC offers the following tips:
- Do not respond to emails appearing to be from the IRS. The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through email. If you receive an unsolicited email purporting to be from the IRS, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Do not respond to unsolicited emails from unknown and untrusted sources.
- Do not open any attachments contained in suspicious emails.
- Do not respond to emails requesting personal information or that ask you to "verify your information" or to "confirm your user-id and password."
- Secure your computer. Be sure to have a firewall installed and enabled on your computer. Use anti-spyware/anti-adware protection software.
For More Information:
IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012