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Keep Your Information Safe This Tax Season

Posted On: January 8, 2019 by Park Bank in: Security

Data thieves work year-round to try to gain access to accounts and are particularly busy during tax season. The IRS warns taxpayers that the agency is seeing a large increase in bogus email schemes that seek to steal money or tax data. The most common way for cyber-criminals to steal money, bank account information, passwords, credit cards, and Social Security numbers is through social engineering; basically, they simply ask for them. Every day, people fall victim to phishing scams or phone scams that cost them their time and their cash. Here are a few steps you can take to keep your information safe this tax season:  Be vigilant and skeptical. Never open a link or attachment from an unknown or suspicious source. Even if the email is from a known source, the recipient should approach with caution. Cyber-crooks are good at acting like trusted businesses, friends, and family. This even includes the IRS and others in the tax business. Double check the email address.