Tax Scam Could Steal Your Information and Put You in Financial Jeopardy

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It’s tax season. If you’re looking to get your taxes done with the help of a software assistant, you’re not alone. Many Americans complete their taxes online themselves, without the help of a professional, to keep their costs down. After all, if your taxes are simple, there’s no great reason to contact a professional. Right? Maybe not. However, scammers are taking advantage of these at-home filings to attempt to steal your information. If you’re going to file your own taxes this year, you need to read on to find out about this unscrupulous scam that could be targeting you.

Tax Filing Scam

A new scam that is making the rounds on the internet uses a complicated fake and Microsoft’s OneDrive software to harvest user information. This devious scam has a robust fake of TypeForm, a piece of software commonly used to file tax information. Like in most phishing scams, these fake software lookalikes pose as the real thing just to steal your data and hand it to dishonest criminals who intend to commit identity fraud. The fake software typically reaches potential victims via email. Scammers know that tax time comes with a number of added stressors, and that potential marks are less likely to carefully scrutinize emails and documents they receive relating to their taxes. As the tax deadline draws nearer, these scams only increase in frequency and pressure.

Avoiding the Scam

If you get an email linking out to TypeForm, or a similar service, make sure you carefully check the URL and make sure you’re using the real version of the site. Generally speaking, some quick checks of emails and URLs can show you that what you’re dealing with isn’t the real deal. The biggest thing that can help you here is to remain calm and relaxed while you’re filing your taxes online. Use only trusted websites, and avoid opening emails from sources you’re unfamiliar with. And, remember, the most successful scams are the ones that make themselves look like a trusted source. An email that purports to be from Microsoft but has a return address of a bizarre email address is very likely to be a scam. Remember, sophisticated scammers are savvy, and will even include real links to actual trusted sites in emails that also link out to their fake, information-harvesting sites. Just use your best judgment and be wary of any emails that show up in your inbox around tax time.