Tax Season Fraud Prevention Tips

By | January 20, 2018

Tax season is approaching and along with it, comes the unfortunately consequence of ID Theft/Tax Fraud. The Northville Township Public Safety team wants to share these tips with you:

  • Routinely check your credit reports. You are legally entitled to one per year from each of the main credit bureaus. Links are available through annualcreditreport.com
  • Shred any documents containing personal information prior to disposing.
  • Be vigilant and regularly review bank and credit card statements for suspicious activity.
  • When making purchases online make sure you use reputable websites.
  • Stay current with ongoing scams, information is maintained on ic3.gov and ftc.gov. Suspicious emails and calls can be reported to those sites as well.
  • Do not provide personal information in response to unsolicited calls or emails.
  • Do not open suspicious emails, never open attachments in unsolicited emails.
  • Use complex passwords and change them regularly. Try to include characters, numbers, and upper/lowercase letters.
  • There are free password managers that can help with managing and assigning random passwords.  The one that I use is called Dashlane and you can find it here.
  • File your tax return as soon as possible to limit the opportunity for a fraudulent return to be filed.
  • Limit use of unsecured Wifi networks and protect your devices with firewalls/antivirus software.
  • Additionally, the Michigan Department of Treasury has recently released a press release warning taxpayers of some recent tax scams. Here is the full release for more information.