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ID Theft and Tax Preparation; Did You Know?
By Mark Pribish
As I was
preparing to write this month’s column on identity theft and tax preparation,
it occurred to me that everyone could learn something from three personal and
real life stories that made me scratch my head and say, “Huh!”
story begins a couple of years ago when I was driving in Ohio on business and stopped to fill my
rental car up with gas. Right next to the gas station was a lawn mower repair
business that had a BIG sign that said “WE REPAIR LAWN MOWERS.” Right next to
that big sign was a little sign that said “we also do taxes.” It made me wonder
why someone would be motivated to have their tax return done by a business that
specializes in the lawn mower repair business.
story is about how my former neighbor – who has since moved to Michigan – was looking
for a new job and made a decision to work for a tax preparation service.
Beware of the "Hit Man or Assassin Scam"
next time you open an email, be wary if the message is targeting you, literally.
How It Works:
scam, thieves try to obtain your money and your personal information by sending you a
phishing email. In the email, an unknown
person claims to be a "hit man" or “assassin” hired to kill the
recipient of the email. This email tries to extort money and/or banking account
information in exchange for the recipient’s life.
The good news is, this email
is fake and is just part of an ongoing scam that is targeting unsuspecting
consumers in the US. If you receive this type of email,
simply delete it and do not respond to it in any way.
To protect yourself against potential
identity thieves, always take the following precautions:
- Be skeptical of communications
you receive from sources you are not expecting. Verify the authenticity of
phone calls, standard mail, faxes or e-mails of questionable origin before
- Do not transfer funds or reveal secret
passwords, PINs or other security-based data to third parties; genuine
organizations or institutions do not need your secret data for ordinary
- Do not open attachments to
e-mails of possibly questionable origin, since they may contain viruses that
will infect your computer.
If you believe your identity has been stolen, call 866.SMART68 today.
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