The IRS is warning of an increase in fake emails that are intended to gain access to your personal information. Here are some tips on avoiding these phishing scams
- Never open a link or attachment from an unknown source. Be cautious even if you think you know the sender. Thieves are good at imitating trusted sources.
- Double check the email address. Thieves may be spoofing an address with a slight change that you are unlikely to notice.
- Remember that the IRS doesn’t contact taxpayers by email, text, social media, or by telephone to ask for personal information.
- Use strong passwords such as a pass phrase with at least ten digits including numbers and special characters to protect online accounts.
- Use security software to protect against malware and viruses in phishing emails.
- Use multi factor authentication when it’s available. In addition to a username and password, a code is sent, usually to your phone.
- Report phishing scams to phishing @irs.gov
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