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Keep Your Accounts Safe this Tax Season

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As we enter another tax season, it’s crucial to be aware that during this time we often see an increase in scams and account fraud, particularly those involving impersonation of the IRS and phishing attempts designed to steal personal and financial information. We’re committed to helping you protect your accounts and personal data against these fraudulent activities. 

Fraudsters take advantage of the tax season to create a sense of urgency and fear, posing as the IRS or other tax-related entities. They often demand personal information or immediate payment for supposed owed taxes. These scams can be sophisticated and convincing, making vigilance essential. 

To safeguard your information and prevent account fraud, please adhere to the following preventative measures: 

  • Recognize Fake IRS Communications: The IRS will not contact you via email, text messages, or social media to request personal or financial information. Their initial contact is typically made through regular mail. 
  • Guard Your Personal Information: Never share your personal or financial information over the phone or online, especially in response to unsolicited requests. 
  • Verify Before Taking Action: If you receive a communication claiming to be from the IRS and it raises suspicion, do not engage or click on any links. Instead, visit the official IRS website or contact them directly to verify its legitimacy. 
  • Use Strong Passwords and Enable 2FA: Ensure your online accounts have strong, unique passwords. Activate two-factor authentication for an added layer of security. 
  • Monitor Your Financial Accounts: Regularly check your accounts for any unauthorized transactions. Early detection is key to preventing potential financial loss. 
  • Stay Informed About Phishing Tactics: Be cautious of emails or messages that pressurize you to act quickly, threaten legal action, or offer refunds. These are common tactics used in phishing scams. 
  • Keep Your Devices Secure: Ensure your computers and mobile devices have the latest security updates and antivirus software installed. 

At Embold, we are continuously enhancing our security protocols to protect your information from these threats. However, awareness and caution are powerful tools in preventing fraud. If you encounter any suspicious activity or communications, please reach out to us immediately at 503.656.0671. 

Your security is our top priority. By staying informed and cautious, we can work together to protect your account this tax season and beyond.