March 25, 2014
The IRS is urging taxpayers to be aware that tax-related scams using the IRS's name become more frequent at this time of year. Here are the suggestions the IRS offers that can help protect against scams and identity theft.
• Don't carry your social security card or any documents that include your social security or taxpayer identification number.
• Don't give a business these numbers just because they ask for them. Give them only when required.
• Protect your financial information.
• Check your credit report every 12 months.
• Secure personal information in your home.
• Protect your personal computers by using firewalls and anti-spam/virus software, updating security patches, and changing passwords for Internet accounts.
• Don't give personal information over the phone, through the mail, or on the Internet unless you initiated the contact and are sure of the recipient.
According to the commission's online claims process, those whose personal information was exposed can opt for 10 years of free credit monitoring, which breaks down as follows: Four years via the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) and six years specifically through Equifax.
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