SC DOR shares tips to protect taxpayers from fraud
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) recently shared the following advice in its ReveNews publication to help South Carolina residents better protect themselves from fraud and identity theft.
Tip #1: Educate yourself and your family on potential scams, phishing attempts, and how to avoid them by utilizing IRS and SCDOR information. Learn about different types of fraud from the SC Department of Consumer Affairs.
Tip #2: Protect your personal information. Make complex online passwords. Do not use the same password for multiple sites. Keep sensitive paper documents locked in a filing cabinet.
Tip #3: Be careful with your money. Know who you're dealing with in any situation involving monetary transactions. Don't send money to unestablished charities. Don't play foreign lotteries. Don't agree to deposit a check and wire money back. Research a company before you invest. Always be wary of unsolicited offers.
Tip #4: Review your monthly statements carefully for any unauthorized charges. Thieves can steal your account information and run charges on your debit and credit cards. If you notice any strange charges, contact your bank or credit card company immediately.
Look for more tips and information regarding scams, phishing emails, and identity theft from the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the IRS.
North Carolina taxpayers seeking tips on identity theft prevention, may learn more on the NC Department of Revenue’s website here.
Remember, South Carolina taxpayers may be eligible for state-provided, comprehensive credit and non-credit identity protection from CSID.