Tax Season 2017 Tips: How To Protect Your Personal Information From Identity Thieves

In 2014, more than 27 million U.S. taxpayers filed their tax return from home computers, an increase of almost six percent from the year before. However, filing taxes online helps criminals file fraudulent tax refunds. In 2013, the Internal Revenue Service said potentially fraudulent tax refunds amounted to approximately $3.6 billion, down from $5.2 billion in 2010.

Malware researcher Amanda Rousseau from cybersecurity firm Endgame points out to various ways criminals could take advantage of tax season to steal sensitive information, including through emails.

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