Archive for the Data Security Category

Reminder: It is Tax Scam Season Too

Imagine you receive a call from an IRS agent who says you owe back taxes and threatens to arrest you if you don’t immediately make a payment over the phone. Thousands of Americans faced this situation in 2016, though the people on the other end of their

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Protecting Your Social Security Number

Very few things in life can create a higher degree of stress and hassle than having your Social Security Number (SSN) stolen. This is because, unlike other forms of ID, the SSN is virtually permanent. While most instances of SSN theft are outside your control, there are

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Ghosting Identity Theft

What everyone should know To most people “ghosting” is the act of breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend by breaking off all contact. Now there is a new ghosting phenomena; stealing the identity of a recently deceased loved one. Ghosting protocol Would-be identity thieves scour obituaries

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IRS Now Required to Use Collection Agencies

  In a 1,300 page Transportation Bill signed into law in December, 2015, there are eight pages that require the IRS to assign unpaid tax bills to outside collection agencies. This means that third party companies will now be calling taxpayers as representatives of the IRS to

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Annual Credit Check More Important Than Ever

In the past few months, the IRS has admitted to a major breach into taxpayer records. This breach was not a hacking operation. The thieves had valid names, addresses, Social Security Numbers and more. They used this information to get by the security measures in place on

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IRS Announces Annual Scams

Each year the IRS announces the “Dirty Dozen Tax Scams” they encounter most frequently regarding frivolous tax arguments and fraud. While seven of the “scams” are related to, “don’t cheat we have our eyes on you,” the other five are scams that all of us should be

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IRS Telephone Scams on The Rise

90,000 complaints received regarding tax related telephone scams Over $5 million in reported taxpayer losses Thieves are more sophisticated by using fake IRS caller IDs In a recent announcement, the IRS cautions that the use of impersonating the IRS as a means to steal your identity and

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Check Your Credit…change your passwords

As consumers in the digital age we have repeatedly had our confidence in the security of our identity and financial information tested. First it was the dramatic increase in identity theft at the IRS. Then the major data breach at companies like Target, Neiman Marcus, Yahoo and

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