The IRS recently issued a warning about a new phishing scam that uses a web site — mimicking the IRS e-services online registration page, to get you to reveal your personal and financial information.
To prevent your information falling in the wrong hands, take note that the real IRS e-services page always includes the .gov extension at the end. The fake site looks similar to the real one but is reported to likely have a different ending on the URL – such as .com, .net or .org.
You should also know that the real IRS e-Services page is not for tax payers themselves – it’s for tax professionals who often must register or renew their information as well as communicate with the IRS. So, don’t be caught off guard by a site that asks for your information under the guise of a service like this.
Remember, as the .gov consumer alert explains, “The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.”
And if a phony URL or email that acts like it is from the IRS does wind up crossing your path, you can help out by reporting it. Just forward it to the IRS at email@example.com, and then delete it from your inbox.
By having anti-virus protection and a 2-way firewall installed on your computer, you’ll also reduce the chances that cybercriminals will be able to steal any personal and financial information – including your social security number or other tax information.
Some security solutions, like the ones we offer at ZoneAlarm, can also help you keep tabs on your financial security by monitoring your credit and alerting you right away of any changes or suspicious activity that might occur.
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