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Top 4 Tips for Cyber Security

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1. Stay Up to Date on Scams During Tax Season

With 97% of seniors active on the internet at least once a week, it’s no surprise that nearly a quarter of all seniors do their taxes online. Tax season provides a big window of opportunity for online fraudsters. Approximately one in 10 seniors reported being the victim of a scam in which someone posing as an IRS official called them and demanded immediate payment of taxes. Another 5 percent of U.S. seniors report being contacted by criminals claiming they had won a prize, such as the lottery, demanding immediate payment of taxes on the winnings.

One IRS scam being perpetrated by email (and mail) is an official-looking notice CP2000 for the tax year in question. Scam emails may direct that an immediate payment be sent. If you get a notice like this, delete it immediately and call the IRS at 1-800-366-4484. The IRS will never reach out to you by email nor will they call demanding payment. Stay up-to-date on current tax scams at IRS.gov.

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