While you should constantly be taking steps to protect your identity, tax season sees a yearly spike in malware and phishing cases. Hackers continue to adapt year after year and are now using email as a medium to steal victims' Social Security numbers, passwords and other financial information by impersonating employees from tax software providers, government agencies, banks and credit card companies. "Email messages can look like they come from the IRS. Don't be fooled by unexpected emails about big refunds, tax bills or requesting personal information. That's not how the IRS communicates with taxpayers," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
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