Christmas is the merriest time of year, but it’s also a busy season for criminals and scammers. These simple steps will help you protect your data and your money — and your festive spirit as well.
How to Avoid Tax Scams This Holiday Season
- Be wary of any unsolicited email.
- Don’t click any links and don’t download any attachments included in a suspicious unsolicited email.
- Beware of phishing. In this fraudulent scheme, scammers create emails that look like those of your bank or a reputable institution (such as the IRS) to persuade you to share your personal information. If you receive a suspicious email, find the official number or the bank or institution and call them to verify that they sent that communication.
- Remember that no charitable institution will ask you to make donations with gift cards or by wire transfer.
- Don’t let anyone convince you to receive packages that are not for you so they can ship them again to a different address. This may get you in trouble for being part of a “reshipping scam.”
- Before making a donation, verify online that you are giving money to a legitimate charity. Pay attention because scammers are crafty: they often name their fake charities using names that are very similar to those of legitimate institutions.
- Just like unsolicited emails, unsolicited telephone calls should put you on alert. If someone calls you requesting a donation, don’t let them pressure you into giving money. This is a huge red flag and a tell-tale sign that you are probably dealing with a scam.
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