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Tax fraud is bigger now than it’s ever been. Victims of tax fraud has more than tripled in the past two years. The IRS has reported to paying out over 80 Billion (with a B) in fraudulent tax returns.
The The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) has seen a dramatic increase in IRS-related identity theft cases during key tax filing months as compared to previous years. Specifically, the ITRC received almost
77 percent more cases in 2012 than in 2010 and during the three years incidences of identity theft were highest during the key tax filing months of February and March.
“A lot of information changes hands during tax season, which is why we believe we see so many IRS-
related identity theft cases this time of year,” said Eva Valasquez, President and CEO of the ITRC.
“And although more and more people are now e-filing, we still need to be cautious of how we are protecting information offline.”
The Identity Theft Resource Center recommends taking steps to safeguard your entire tax filing
process to ensure you’re protected from the crime. From installing a firewall on your computer, to storing important files in a fireproof lock box and shredding no-longer-needed documents, it’s important to stop identity thieves in their tracks along the way.
Why You Should Shred All Personal Information
“Shredding is one of the most effective ways to destroy personal information,” said Nancy Heaton,
Director of Global Marketing, Business Machines, Fellowes, Inc. Fellowes is a corporate sponsor or ITRC
and works closely with the organization to provide education about identity theft crimes.
“A Cross-Cut shredder, like Fellowes’ 63Cb ensures your tax-related documents can’t be pieced back together.”
For more information, visit www.fellowes.com
Below are the Identity Theft Resource Center’s identity theft prevention tips for tax season:
Tax Time Tips
• Install a firewall on your computer and change passwords frequently using a combination of
letters, numbers and symbols
• Select tax preparation software carefully if you intend to do your own tax return
• File at the earliest time possible allowed by the IRS
• Send completed tax returns via a U.S. Postal Office. Mailing from home exposes your tax returns
to potential risk
• Do not send sensitive documents/information over unprotected e-mail
• Never file your electronic tax return using an unsecured public WiFi connection. A secure site
will have its address begin with https:// rather than http://
• Throughout the year, store sensitive tax season documents in a fireproof, locked cabinet
• Shred no-longer-needed tax documents with a Cross-Cut shredder.
About the Identity Theft Resource Center
Identity Theft Resource Center® (ITRC) is a nonprofit, nationally respected organization dedicated
exclusively to the understanding of identity theft and related issues. The ITRC provides victim and
consumer support as well as public education. The ITRC also advises governmental agencies, legislators,
law enforcement, and businesses about the evolving and growing problem of identity theft.
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About Fellowes, Inc.
Fellowes, Inc. is dedicated to providing identity theft education to consumers and businesses and is a
corporate sponsor of the Identity Theft Resource Center. Fellowes, Inc. offers an extensive range of
products to equip the workspace, including paper shredders, binders, laminators, desktop accessories
and record storage solutions. Founded in 1917 by Harry Fellowes and headquartered in Itasca, Illinois,
Fellowes, Inc. employs more than 1,200 people throughout the world and has operations in 15
countries. Fellowes products are now readily available in over 100 countries across the globe. For more
information, visit www.fellowes.com.
Disclosure: I received one or more of the above mentioned products for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own and may differ from yours.