To minimize your chances of identity theft during tax season — and year round — the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is out with a list to deter fraud. Some of the tips include the following:
- Take digital precautions. Our increasingly digital world doesn’t stop when it comes to taxes. With online filing opportunities and commonly used budgeting software, a lot of financial and sensitive identity information is on pyour computer. Make sure that you’re using secure programs, anti-virus protection, firewalls and strong passwords – and be sure to change your passwords frequently.
- Keep an eye on your credit. Consider subscribing to a credit monitoring service like Equifax Complete that provides 24/7 credit monitoring and alerts you about key changes to your credit file. Equifax’s Lost Wallet assistance feature also gives you access to fraud resolution specialists, in case you should become a victim of fraud. More information is available at www.equifax.com.
- Be email savvy. If the IRS wants more information from you, it’ll be a formal request, so if an email shows up in your inbox, claiming to be from the IRS, don’t click on anything — but be sure to report it to firstname.lastname@example.org.