Tax time tips to keep your personal and business data safe.

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Accessed on 16 April 2022, 2106 UTC.

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With the tax filing deadline just a few days away—April 18th—this is prime time for scammers looking to steal money or personal information. Here’s a list of common tactics to watch out for and avoid.

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Phishing attacks

Be wary of unsolicited emails or texts prompting you to click a link, provide personal information, or phone calls demanding immediate payment. Learn more about different types of phishing and what to look out for.

Search engine scams

Take caution when searching online for a tax filing tool or when looking for tech support articles. Often, scammers will target frequently searched terms with paid ads posing as solutions, to access your personal information. Read more here.

Emails with attachments

Watch out for emails that may claim to be from the IRS, and never open attachments as they may contain malware that can harm your computer. The IRS will never initiate contact to request information via email.

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