Be alert for identity theft this tax season

February 9, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

Hackers have recently targeted social security numbers and other personal information in order to file fraudulent tax returns. UMHS staff members have had fraudulent tax returns filed in their name in the past, and although U-M was not implicated as the source for these tax incidents, this type of fraud is increasing. See these five tips to avoid online tax fraud provided on the U-M ITS Safe Computing website.

Be on the lookout for:

Phishing Emails

Over the past few years, several UMHS workforce members have responded to phishing messages and had their personal information compromised. Learn more about recognizing phishing attempts by watching this informative video from ITS, as well as the video of last fall’s phishing brown bag presented by Compliance, MCIT, and MSIS.

Threatening Phone Calls

A recent scam is that criminals have called victims claiming to be employees of the IRS and demanding payment. You should know that the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment or threaten to bring in law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Do you think you have been a victim? 

Click here for guidelines to assist in responding to possible tax fraud.