Protect your Social Security number during the 2018 tax season!
The 2018 tax season has arrived, and once again, identity thieves are after your Social Security number. As we covered in one of our previous articles, tax-related identity theft protection, someone can use your stolen SSN to file a tax return in your name. While doing this, they can claim a fraudulent refund without you even knowing it happened! Not all identity theft results in tax-related identity theft. However, it is important to know the signs and protect yourself along the way.
For 2018, the IRS has enacted new safeguards to help protect tax payers behind the scenes. Most of these new developments will be transparent to the tax payer. So, you do not need to take action in that regard. But, it might be good to review the safeguards put in place. As things are always changing in the world of identity theft, it never hurts to get up to speed on the latest protections and safeguards meant to protect your information.
As a quick refresher, here are a few notes on how to protect yourself during the 2018 tax season. In addition, refer to our tax-related identity theft protection article for more tips.
- Refrain from carrying your Social Security card on your person.
- File your tax return with a trusted source, or financial adviser.
- Always make sure you are using anti-malware, anti-virus, and security software on your personal computers.
- Never click on suspicious links or images in your email. If in doubt, don’t click it!
- Never give your full SSN, passwords, or personal information to telephone callers.
Remember, identity thieves never sleep and the threat is always advancing. Follow the advice above and you will be well on your way to living a worry free life. If you are looking for additional protection that works around the clock, consider LifeLock Standard identity theft protection. The LifeLock team actively monitors the world for threats and compromises related to your personal information.
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