Scams & Alerts
Tax Security Message
March 20, 2017 Message from the Napa County Chief Information Security Officer
As the 2017 tax filing season winds down to the April 18 deadline, tax-related scams of various sorts are at their peak. The IRS urges everyone be on guard against suspicious activity because cybercriminals are making use of sophisticated scams to trick people into divulging sensitive data.
The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry are warning of last-minute phishing email scams, especially those requesting last-minute deposit changes for refunds or account updates.
This is also the time of year when taxpayers may see scam emails claiming to be from their tax software provider or others asking them to update online accounts. These ruses generally urge taxpayers to give up sensitive data such as passwords, Social Security numbers and bank account or credit card numbers.
The IRS does not send unsolicited emails or request sensitive data via email. The IRS asks that taxpayers who receive suspicious emails purporting to be from a tax software provider or from the IRS forward them to this IRS secure email. Remember: never open an attachment or link from an unknown or suspicious source. It may infect your computer with malware or steal information.
The IRS also urges taxpayers to be alert for scam phone calls and has provided tips to avoid being a victim. Read this recommended page.
Lastly, if you have not already done so file your taxes at the state and federal level as quickly as you can, or file for an October 16 extension early, before the bad guys can file a bogus claim using your identity.
Chief Information Security Officer
Napa County | Information Technology Services
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