Tax season scam alert

Tax season scam alert

Last year, the IRS noted a significant increase in phishing attempts to steal money or tax data, therefore you must be on high alert.
How it Happens: Tax Scams and Malicious Activity
Scammers have a number of tax-related tricks up their sleeves when it comes to stealing your money and/or sensitive information. Here are a few examples of tax scams:

  • Scammers send emails posing as tax preparation companies by spoofing emails and using stolen logos. Once you respond to the email with personal data or tax information, they disappear with your info and money.
  • Similar to the scam above, scammers send look-alike emails containing links that lead you to malicious websites or fake PDF attachments that download malware or viruses to your computer.
  • Tax scams aren’t limited to emails! Be on the look out for callers posing as IRS representatives claiming you owe money that must be paid immediately. The callers typically threaten arrests, deportation, or suspension of business or driver license.

These are only a few examples and scam artists are constantly coming up with new ways to fool you.

How do I know it’s a scam?

Always remember the following during tax season, and all year long

  • The IRS will always mail a bill before calling you about taxes owed.
  • The IRS will never ask for credit/debit card info over the phone.
  • The IRS will never immediately threaten to arrest you.
  • The IRS will always offer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed before demanding your payment.
  • The IRS does not use emails or text messages to discuss personal tax matters, such as taxes owed or tax refunds.

Only share sensitive data over email when you are certain the recipient is valid.

We’ll match member donations to rescue Aussie wildlife

More than ONE BILLION animals have been killed or displaced by the wildfires currently ravaging Australia! The country’s animal rescue organizations are doing heroic work, but their resources are being strained and the need grows daily.
 

WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service), Australia’s largest animal rescue service, is on the frontlines. Marin Humane, our local rescue partner is encouraging this support effort, so for Marin County Federal Credit Union members, we will match dollar for dollar up to $2,500 in total donations from members when donations are made in our office or by calling us before January 31, 2020.

WIRES, centered in New South Wales, works with groups throughout the country to rescue, rehabilitate and preserve native wildlife. And after the fires WIRES will face the difficult task of relocating the countless koalas, kangaroos, bandicoots, possums, wombats and other homeless animals.

Please make a generous donation to help our friends down under.

How to donate

Stop by our office at 30 N. San Pedro Road or call 415-499-9780 and we can make the donation from your Marin County Credit Union account for you.

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