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      10 Identity Theft Tips You Don't Want to Miss

      Identity Theft, Fraud, Tax Scams, IRS Scam Warning, Tax-Tip Tuesday, 2019, 2019 Alert

      In 2017, there were 16.7 million victims of identity fraud. A terrifying number, but there are steps you can take to prevent and report this criminal act. 

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      SCAM ALERT: Fake Calls from Taxpayer Advocate Service

      Brinker Simpson, Tax Scams, 2019, Alert, New Scam, 2019 Alert, Taxpayer Advocate Service, Fake Calls

      Like clockwork, every year, there's a new twist on old scams. This year, it is the IRS phone scam whereby criminals impersonate IRS agents and make fake calls from the Taxpayer Advocate Service.

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      Employers Beware: Identity Theft and W-2 Scam Alert

      Identity Theft, Tax Scams, New W-2 Scam, Big 3, Alert, W2 Scam, Warning

      The 2019 tax season is quickly approaching and with it an increase in identity theft and W-2 scams. Small business identity theft is big business for identity thieves. Just like individuals, businesses may have their identities stolen, and their sensitive information used to open credit card accounts or used to file fraudulent tax returns for bogus tax refunds.

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      Tax Transcript Email Scam Alert

      Tax Scams, Big 3, 2018 Alert

      Taxpayers should be aware of a new round of fraudulent emails that impersonate the IRS and use tax transcripts as bait to entice users to open documents containing malware. The scam is especially problematic for businesses whose employees might open the emails infected with malware as it can spread throughout the network and may take months to remove.

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      BEWARE THE W2 SCAM!

      Tax Scams, IRS Scam Warning, New W-2 Scam

      The Form W-2 scam has emerged as one of the most dangerous phishing emails in the tax community. During the last two tax seasons, cybercriminals tricked payroll personnel or people with access to payroll information into disclosing sensitive information for entire workforces. Read on to learn more about this recent scam...

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      Identity Theft: What to Watch out for and What to do

      Identity Theft, Tax Scams

      Tax-related identity theft typically occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Anyone can fall victim to identity theft. Here is an important reminder of how to protect yourself from identity theft, what to watch out for, and what do if your identity has been compromised:

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      Phone Scam Alert: Fake Certified Letters

      Fraud, IRS, Tax Scams

      Taxpayers should be aware of the most recent scam linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), where fraudsters call to demand an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card.

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      IRS Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2017

      Fraud, 2017, Tax Scams

      Compiled annually by the IRS, the "Dirty Dozen" is a list of common scams taxpayers may encounter in the coming months. While many of these scams peak during the tax filing season, they may be encountered at any time during the year. Here is this year's list:

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