It's tax season, prime-time for scammers to steal your money.
As you gather your W-2s, we want to remind you to protect yourself this filing season.
It's harder for a criminal to commit tax fraud or steal your identity if you follow these steps:
- Choose a certified tax preparer or online filing service that you trust, some people and websites are only out to steal your personal information.
- Protect your computers and email accounts with firewalls and anti-virus software.
- The IRS won't send you an email, text, or contact you on social media. Be leery of those aggressive, urgent demands to pay money.
- When in doubt, call the IRS directly to ask questions.
If you think you've been scammed, you can always call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200