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Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Alerts Pub­lic to Dan­gers of Tax Iden­ti­ty Theft

JONESBORO—As the pub­lic observes Tax Iden­ti­ty Theft Aware­ness Week, Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds advis­es tax­pay­ers to be aware of the threat of iden­ti­ty theft and to take essen­tial steps to reduce their risk.

Avoid And Report IRS Imper­son­ators.  The IRS will not call you with threats of jail or law­suits.  The IRS will also not con­tact you via text, email or social media.  Report IRS imper­son­ators at https://www.tigta.gov.

Keep Your Com­put­er Secure.  Rou­tine­ly install soft­ware updates to your com­put­er or con­fig­ure it to auto­mat­i­cal­ly update.  Run a fire­wall and antivirus soft­ware.  Per­form reg­u­lar back­ups.  Only down­load and install soft­ware from web­sites you know and trust.  Do not allow remote access to strangers claim­ing to pro­vide tech­ni­cal support.

Secure Your Online Accounts.  Use strong pass­words and don’t use the same one for mul­ti­ple accounts.  Nev­er share pri­vate infor­ma­tion on web­sites that aren’t encrypt­ed; look for the HTTPS in the address.  Do not access online accounts from pub­lic or oth­er­wise shared computers.

Avoid Phish­ing Threats.  Do not share pri­vate infor­ma­tion via email.  Do not click links in email; go direct­ly to web­sites to log into them.  Do not open an attach­ment in an email unless it’s some­thing you expect­ed from some­one you know.  Do not accept ran­dom calls from peo­ple claim­ing to pro­vide tech­ni­cal support.

Pro­tect Pri­vate Infor­ma­tion.  Keep impor­tant doc­u­ments locked away secure­ly.  Shred doc­u­ments con­tain­ing pri­vate infor­ma­tion before throw­ing them away.  Do not share pri­vate infor­ma­tion on social media.

For addi­tion­al tips to secure your iden­ti­ty, down­load the IRS’s guide at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4524.pdf.

If you are a vic­tim of tax iden­ti­ty theft, go to https://www.irs.gov/identitytheft for details on steps to take.