December 8, 2023

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Identity theft, online scams, and taxpayer fraud happens far too often, and sadly hits many people across the country. The IRS and state tax agencies are working together to help safeguard your personal information from hackers.

Phishing scams, are one of the ways criminals can steal your information and access your social media, banking and online shopping accounts. A phishing scam is an unsolicited form of contact by someone posing as a legitimate site. Experts ask people to make sure their Wi-fi is secure, and avoid using unsecure Wi-fi locations, along with opening random links you receive through your text messages and emails. This will help prevent scammers from accessing your private information.

“Making sure that the software updates regularly and it goes onto all of your devices,” says Karen Connelly, spokesperson from the IRS. “Always use the multi-factor authentication if it’s available, that’s usually used on not only social media sites but also on your banking devices.”

The general may not realize how vulnerable they are to scammers, for more on how you can protect yourself and your family watch the interview with IRS media spokesperson, Karen Connelly at the top of this article.

According to the IRS here are 10 key steps to protect your personal information

  • Don’t forget to use security software for computers, tablets and mobile phones – and keep it updated. Protect electronic devices of family members, especially…

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