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Identity Theft, the IRS and You: Protect Thyself Part 2

Posted by Samantha Keller CPA

Aug 14, 2015 11:55:00 AM

IRS Issues IR-2015-99: Warns Taxpayers to Guard Against New Tricks by Scam Artists; Losses Top $20 Million 

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Topics: Information Security, identity theft, irs scams



Identity Theft, the IRS and You: Protect Thyself

Posted by Samantha Keller CPA

Aug 4, 2015 9:53:00 AM

Picture this:
You go to file your tax return, and it gets rejected by the IRS stating that a return with your social security number has already been filed. How can that be? 
This past tax filing season saw a rise in the number of tax-related identity theft cases, with information from 104,000 filers being stolen by scammers in recent months. 

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Topics: identity theft



Small businesses at high risk for data breach

Posted by William Prohn, CISSP, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC

Jul 22, 2014 10:06:41 AM

This article, from the LA Times, reports about some of the security risks faced by small businesses, including safeguarding their backups and customer credit card info.

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Topics: Information Security, cyberattack, identity theft, information security risks, data breach, cyber security



Identity Thief - Straight from the Headlines

Posted by William Prohn, CISSP, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC

Jan 15, 2014 12:47:00 PM

 

IRS Warns of Phone Scam

The IRS is warning the public about a phone scam that targets people across the nation, including recent immigrants. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

The callers who commit this fraud often:

  • Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
  • Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number.
  • Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.
  • Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam.
  • Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, and caller ID again supports their claim.

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Topics: Information Security, phishing, identity theft





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