How to know if it is really the IRS

Many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email. Don’t get scammed. We want you to understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and help you determine whether it is truly from an IRS employee. The IRS doesn’t initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information

Check your credit report – it’s free

Check your credit report – it’s free You can check your credit rating from all three of the major credit reporting agencies for free. To insure the accuracy of your report simply click here. Alternatively, you can receive your free report if you call 1-877-322-8228. You are able to receive one free report from each agency annually. Why bother to get a credit report? Identity theft is a multi-billion dollar industry. Checking your credit rating

Job-hunters: Avoid agency scams

Job-hunters: Avoid agency scams. Employment scams are not new, but they’ve become increasingly sophisticated as scammers design websites that effectively mimic the sites of legitimate companies. How can you keep from being ripped off by bogus job agencies? Do you research. Gather information about the job placement companies you’re interested in. Also ask around. Chances are you know someone else in your industry that has worked with a job agency and can offer opinions based

Protect Your Video Conference Meetings

Protect Your Video Conference Meetings. An Avalanche of new remote workers doing video conference meetings creates latest playground for hackers. Hackers have found their new playground amid the increased use of video conferencing during the coronavirus pandemic: Zoombombing! Zoombombing defined Named for the company Zoom, the unfortunate first high-profile victim of this phenomena, zoombombing occurs when internet trolls hack video conference meetings and join as uninvited attendees. After infiltrating a meeting, the hackers then have

How to protect yourself from Identity Theft

How to protect yourself from Identity Theft. “Identity theft” sounds like a movie title, but it is a real-life horror story for hundreds of thousands of people every year. Identity theft occurs when someone fraudulently uses your personal information – your social security number, driver’s license number, birth date, etc. – to apply for credit, services, or benefits using your name. Lawsuits, garnished wages, and tax liens can result. To make matters worse, because the

Thieves Are Getting Creative With COVID-19 Scams

Thieves Are Getting Creative With COVID-19 Scams. Thieves get creative with different scams to gain access to your checking account and personal information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the reported schemes: Mandatory online COVID-19 Test. Individuals posing as workers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or other federal departments use text messages to instruct you to click on a link to complete a mandatory online COVID-19 test. There is no