Tips for Avoiding Online Scams

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Fraud is a year-round activity, but tax season brings an uptick in calculated schemes to steal money and personal information through spoofed messages and other means. Cybersecurity firms have also reported an increase in fraud attempts that exploit the conflict in Ukraine — a situation that has increased fears of potential cyberattacks on American companies. Our Tech Tip columnist, J.D. Biersdorfer, reports that you can better protect yourself if you know what’s out there. Here’s a guide.

  • Avoid the tax scam: The Internal Revenue Service doesn’t make first contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information — including bank-account or credit-card numbers, passwords, or PIN codes. Messages asking for that information are deceptive “phishing” attempts to steal money and identities.

  • Donate wisely: Opportunistic scammers are quick to take advantage of natural disasters and…

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