File Taxes Early to Avoid Tax Fraud and Identity Theft

Get Ahead of Tax Fraud and Identity Theft 

Filing your taxes can be a pain, but dealing with tax fraud and identity theft can be even worse. As we scramble to compile our W-2s and file our returns by the April deadline, we often forget that tax season is also considered open season for identity thieves. 

Many of last year’s large-scale data breaches (like Equifax and Alteryx) have already given identity thieves a leg-up in the tax fraud and identity theft game. These breach events exposed a multitude of personal and financial information that experts predict will be used to fraudulently file tax returns this year. 

Fraudsters also effectively cover their bases by using a variety of tax-related scams that play on a victim’s fears. Scammers hope they can convince you to hand over personal and financial information to be used in other crimes. 

What should you look for? What can you do? Find all the answers to your tax crime-related questions concerning your personal information, the scams targeting you and best tax-filing practices.     Continue reading

Secure Your Identity This Holiday Season 2017

Identity Thieves LOVE the Holidays 

The holiday season is an exciting time for consumers, and even more exciting for identity thieves. Criminals know that good cybersecurity practices are often put on the back burner when consumers are shopping for the perfect holiday gift. 

Fraudsters rely on you to “click before you think” when browsing the hoard of online discounts and holiday sales. Without the proper preventative measures put in place, the holidays can leave you extremely vulnerable to various identity crime tactics and scams.   Continue reading