Combating Tax Identity Theft: The IRS and the Taxpayer

Taxes Due Reminder

*Originally posted March 13, 2017. Updated February 28, 2020.*

Tax season, fraud, theft – oh my! 

Tax season is a notoriously stressful time. Between filling out the forms, paying taxes or waiting for refunds, the tax-filing process can seem endless.

What’s more concerning is that tax season is a holiday for identity thieves. Tax fraud and tax identity theft continue to be a significant problem for both the tax administration and American taxpayers alike. Whether it’s through data breaches, phishing emails, scams or simple social engineering tactics, criminals hope to obtain enough of your sensitive information so that they can fraudulently file your taxes before you do. Continue reading

New Year’s Resolution: Protect Your Family’s Digital Footprint

Children Using Devices

*Originally posted January 14, 2019. Updated January 12, 2020.*

Fostering a Familial Digital Resilience

Our constant internet usage empowers cybercriminals to formulate countless methods for hijacking our personal information and then use it to commit identity theft and fraud. And, although different generations within a household may have different priorities online, all generations within the family are vulnerable.

The start of a New Year is a great time to emphasize the importance of safe online behavior for all those you care for and care about. Let’s review some safe practices that provide increased protection for keeping personal information secure. Continue reading

December is National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month

Did you know that December is National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month? The hustle and bustle of the holidays often means we’re all a bit more preoccupied both on and off the clock — creating an opportunity for fraudsters to take advantage of that distraction. December is often a time when data breaches increase and sensitive data gets leaked, making this month a great time to review tips and resources to help build strong habits that protect your personal information and safeguard yourself, your family, and your organization from identity fraud year-round. Continue reading