Keep Safe from Tax Scams and Cyber Threats!

By Teltech ICT
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Tax season is here, and while you might be busy gathering paperwork and crunching numbers, cybercriminals are hard at work too, trying to trick you with scams and hacks. Don’t worry – we’ve got your back! Here are some simple tips to keep you safe from tax scams and cyber threats.

1. Beware of Phishing Emails

Phishing emails are fake messages that look like they’re from a legitimate source, like the MyGov. They might ask for personal information or tell you to click a link. If you get a suspicious email, don’t click any links – just delete it. Go direct to the source in question if ever in doubt, don’t click within the email itself.

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2. Watch Out for Suspicious Calls

Scammers often call pretending to be MyGov agents, demanding immediate payment or threatening legal action. The real MyGov will not do this. If you receive such a call, hang up and report it here.

3. Avoid Fake Websites

There are many fake websites that look like legitimate tax preparation services. Always double-check the URL and ensure the site is secure (look for HTTPS in the address bar). Only use trusted and well-known tax service websites.

4. Use Strong Passwords

Make sure your passwords are strong and unique. Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts. A password manager can help you keep track of them all.

5. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. Even if someone gets your password, they’ll need a second form of identification (like a code sent to your phone) to access your account.

6. Keep Your Software Updated

Software updates often include important security patches. Make sure your operating system, antivirus, and any financial software are up to date to protect against vulnerabilities.

7. Secure Your Wi-Fi

Ensure your home or office Wi-Fi network has a strong password. Avoid accessing sensitive information over public Wi-Fi, as it can be less secure.

8. Educate Yourself

Staying informed about the latest scams and cyber threats is one of your best defences. Follow trustworthy news sources and consider signing up for alerts from cybersecurity organisations.

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Your safety and security are our top priorities. By staying vigilant and following these guidelines, you can help protect yourself from potential scams and cyber threats.

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If you have any questions or need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.