In light of the many recent breaches of personal information, please keep these important points in mind:
- Avoid entering your Social Security Number (SSN) online unless you are certain you have a secure connection and you are dealing with a trusted company. (Look for a URL that begins with https.) If you are not certain of the authentication of the site, call them to verify or do not give them your information.
- Don't give out personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the internet unless you've initiated the contact or know who you're dealing with.
- Be careful what you post on social networks. If you post too much information about yourself, an identity thief can fill in the blanks to steal your personal and financial information. Never post your full name, SSN, address, phone number, or account numbers on public sites. Do not post information about your pay, taxes, or refund amounts.
Please call us if you have any concerns about threatening phone calls, requests for personal information or demnds for immediate payment via pre-paid debit cards. These are not IRS tactics and should be ignored or reported to law enforcement.