It’s tax fraud season. If you have to file a return, you only have until April 15 to become the unwitting target of tax-preparer fraud or have your personal information and identity stolen (unless you get an extension, of course).
It sounds extreme, but think about it — when you file a tax return, especially electronically, you’re forking over a lot of personal information, including your Social Security number and bank information, which is required on the forms. That provides scammers with a lot of incentive, enough that the Internal Revenue Service and the Better Business Bureau are teaming up to issue tax fraud warnings.
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