Tips to Avoid Tax Season Scams

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Tax time

As you prepare to do your taxes this season, be on the lookout for these potential signs of tax fraud: 

  • First and foremost, be wary of unsolicited messages claiming to be from the IRS or any tax authority. These entities will never contact you by email, text message, or social media to request personal or financial information. 
  • Emails containing documents about tax law changes are another avenue for scammers to get malicious files into your computer.
  • The promise of unusually large refunds, which scammers use to lure unsuspecting taxpayers into sharing sensitive information. 
  • If using one, ensure your tax preparer is reputable and has appropriate credentials. Always review your tax return carefully before submitting and avoid signing blank forms. 

Lastly, safeguard your Social Security number and personal information, as these are key targets for identity thieves. By staying informed and vigilant, you can keep your valuables safe and out of the hands of criminals. 

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For more information, contact CSUCI's Information Security Team at or visit the Information Security website.