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A common case of fraud around tax time involves criminals obtaining access to individuals' Federal or State tax return information, submitting fraudulent tax returns, and redirecting the refund. The IRS recently announced a key system called “GetTranscript” has been compromised and that criminals were able to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts. This data included Social Security information, date of birth and street address.
Various related scams are common, including aggressive and sophisticated phone callers targeting taxpayers in which callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not. Some users have also reported emails that appear to be from the IRS and are designed to gather users' sensitive data.
You can obtain additional information from the UW-Parkside HR office and from the Information Security Officer in Campus Technology Services.
Criminals are increasingly altering public ATMs, gas station PIN keyboards, and other payment terminals to intercept pin and credit or debit card information. The alterations can be hard to spot and they can be hidden inside the terminal mechanism. For more information, visit this knowledgebase article.
For additional information on alerts and scams visit the FTC site on this topic.