5 ways to outsmart online tax scams

It’s tax season. Filing online is quicker, easier, and results in faster returns (if you’re due one). But watch out for cyber criminals—they know this, too. Not only do they want to steal your personal data, they also want to infect the computers of your family and friends. What can you do?

Outsmart email scams—delete unsolicited emails from the IRS; if they need to reach you they won’t do it via email.
Avoid search engines—if you need tax documents or tax information go right to government web pages (.gov) instead of using Google or other search engines.
Don’t let “lifejacking” get your friends and family to think you’re “liking” tax information on social networking sites that actually link to phishing or spam sites.
Evade scams by using stronger passwords and secure connections.
Outsmart scams before and after you file. Update your anti-virus program and run a complete scan of your computer before you start processing your taxes online.

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About DeAnne Boegli

DeAnne Boegli is the National Public Relations Manager for TDS Telecommunications which means she wears a lot of hats on a day to day basis. DeAnne jumped on the social media train early (TDS joined Facebook in 2008) and has been keeping her team at TDS up-to- date with the rapid changes in these popular online sites, in addition to her more traditional public relations, reputation management and media roles. DeAnne holds degrees in Journalism and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry. She has been in telecommunications at TDS for the past 13 years; prior to that she managed corporate communications for Rayovac which is also headquartered in Madison, Wis. In her spare time, she teaches dance classes at a studio she started in 2001. So, if you need to learn to tap dance she could help. We all know some PR types are known for dancing around issues, but not DeAnne she tells it like it is and just dances for the sport of it. DeAnne has a unique blend of corporate and entrepreneurial experience which gives her great perspective in talking with business owners and marketers like you.


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