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IRS to Make ID Protection PIN Open to All

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said this week that beginning in 2021 it will allow all taxpayers to apply for an identity protection personal identification number (IP PIN), a single-use code designed to block identity thieves from falsely claiming a tax refund in your name. Currently, IP PINs are issued only to those who fill out an ID theft affida
Publish At:2020-12-04 11:36 | Read:189 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Tools Tax Refund Fraud Identity Protection Personal

Confessions of an ID Theft Kingpin, Part II

Yesterday’s piece told the tale of Hieu Minh Ngo, a hacker the U.S. Secret Service described as someone who caused more material financial harm to more Americans than any other convicted cybercriminal. Ngo was recently deported back to his home country after serving more than seven years in prison for running multiple identity theft services. He now sa
Publish At:2020-08-27 14:51 | Read:580 | Comments:0 | Tags:A Little Sunshine Ne'er-Do-Well News Hieu Minh Ngo identity

FEMA IT Specialist Charged in ID Theft, Tax Refund Fraud Conspiracy

An information technology specialist at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was arrested this week on suspicion of hacking into the human resource databases of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in 2014, stealing personal data on more than 65,000 UPMC employees, and selling the data on the dark web. On June 16, authorities in Michigan
Publish At:2020-06-18 22:02 | Read:714 | Comments:0 | Tags:Data Breaches Other Tax Refund Fraud AlphaBay DearthStar Evo

New IRS Site Could Make it Easy for Thieves to Intercept Some Stimulus Payments

The U.S. federal government is now in the process of sending Economic Impact Payments by direct deposit to millions of Americans. Most who are eligible for payments can expect to have funds direct-deposited into the same bank accounts listed on previous years’ tax filings sometime next week. Today, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stood up a site to
Publish At:2020-04-10 19:13 | Read:1404 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Warnings The Coming Storm Economic Impact Payment Int

2020 Tax Fraud Trends: How to Protect Yourself at Home and Work

The tax season deadline in the U.S. is April 15, 2020, and that means scammers are officially on the prowl for unsuspecting tax fraud victims. Attackers are utilizing both time-tested and new techniques to collect tax information and personal data from victims and target individual and corporate accounts. No one is immune from tax season risks, and most of u
Publish At:2020-03-17 10:37 | Read:1174 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fraud Protection Bank Fraud Email Fraud Fraud Schemes Identi

Private Eye Allegedly Used Leaky Goverment Tool in Bid to Find Tax Data on Trump

In March 2017, KrebsOnSecurity warned that thieves who perpetrate tax refund fraud with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service were leveraging a widely-used online student loan tool to find critical data on consumers that allows them to claim huge refunds with the IRS in someone else’s name. This week, it emerged that a Louisiana-based private investigator
Publish At:2017-05-22 21:25 | Read:5177 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other AGI Averlock Investigations Diverseeducation.com Donal

Fraudsters Exploited Lax Security at Equifax’s TALX Payroll Division

Identity thieves who specialize in tax refund fraud had big help this past tax year from Equifax, one of the nation’s largest consumer data brokers and credit bureaus. The trouble stems from TALX, an Equifax subsidiary that provides online payroll, HR and tax services. Equifax says crooks were able to reset the 4-digit PIN given to customer employees a
Publish At:2017-05-19 01:10 | Read:7491 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other avivah litan Equifax Gartner Inc. ICSI identity theft

Cybercriminals Riding Tax Filing Tides: Tax Fraud Season in Effect

Data theft is a year-round, opportunistic crime, but seasonal events often trigger rises in spam and fraud. The most significant such example is tax fraud riding the wave of tax filing season. It’s That Time of Year Again Every year, tax filing season, which extends from January to April in the U.S., is one of the most popular opportunities for cybercr
Publish At:2017-04-05 18:20 | Read:4114 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fraud Protection Risk Management X-Force Research Financial

Phishing 101 at the School of Hard Knocks

A recent, massive spike in sophisticated and successful phishing attacks is prompting many universities to speed up timetables for deploying mandatory two-factor authentication (2FA) — requiring a one-time code in addition to a password — for access to student and faculty services online. This is the story of one university that accelerated plans
Publish At:2017-03-24 20:50 | Read:5301 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other 2FA BGSU Bowling Green State University irs Matt Hasch

Govt. Cybersecurity Contractor Hit in W-2 Phishing Scam

Just a friendly reminder that phishing scams which spoof the boss and request W-2 tax data on employees are intensifying as tax time nears. The latest victim shows that even cybersecurity experts can fall prey to these increasingly sophisticated attacks. On Thursday, March 16, the CEO of Defense Point Security, LLC — a Virginia company that bills itsel
Publish At:2017-03-17 22:50 | Read:4969 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other Accenture data loss prevention Defense Point Security

IRS: Scam Blends CEO Fraud, W-2 Phishing

Most regular readers here are familiar with CEO fraud — e-mail scams in which the attacker spoofs the boss and tricks an employee at the organization into wiring funds to the fraudster. Loyal readers also have heard an earful about W-2 phishing, in which crooks impersonate the boss and request a copy of all employee tax forms. According to a new “
Publish At:2017-02-03 06:25 | Read:4938 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other ceo fraud fbi FTC irs John Koskinen tax refund fraud t

Shopping for W2s, Tax Data on the Dark Web

The 2016 tax season is now in full swing in the United States, which means scammers are once again assembling vast dossiers of personal data and preparing to file fraudulent tax refund requests on behalf of millions of Americans. But for those lazy identity thieves who can’t be bothered to phish or steal the needed data, there is now another option: Bu
Publish At:2017-01-31 23:10 | Read:5519 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other Federal Trade Commission Kirai Restaurant Group Kirsta

IRS Re-Enables ‘Get Transcript’ Feature

The Internal Revenue Service has re-enabled a service on its Web site that allows taxpayers to get a copy of their previous year’s tax transcript. The renewed effort to beef up taxpayer authentication methods at irs.gov comes more than a year after the agency disabled the transcript service because tax refund fraudsters were using it to steal sensitive
Publish At:2016-06-16 05:15 | Read:5385 | Comments:0 | Tags:A Little Sunshine The Coming Storm Equifax Get Transcript ir

Fraudsters Steal Tax, Salary Data From ADP

Identity thieves stole tax and salary data from payroll giant ADP by registering accounts in the names of employees at more than a dozen customer firms, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. ADP says the incidents occurred because the victim companies all mistakenly published sensitive ADP account information online that made those firms easy targets for tax fraudste
Publish At:2016-05-25 21:20 | Read:4503 | Comments:0 | Tags:A Little Sunshine Data Breaches Tax Refund Fraud ADP Chotchk

Phishing Victims Muddle Tax Fraud Fight

Many U.S. citizens are bound to experience delays in getting their tax returns processed this year, thanks largely to more stringent controls enacted by Uncle Sam and the states to block fraudulent tax refund requests filed by identity thieves. A steady drip of corporate data breaches involving phished employee W-2 information is adding to the backlog, as is
Publish At:2016-04-01 11:45 | Read:25580 | Comments:0 | Tags:Tax Refund Fraud Acronis American Coalition for Taxpayer Rig

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