18+ states report fake electronic tax returns…

Posted on February 9, 2015 in Uncategorized - 0 comments - 0

As tax season begins many are being hit by startling news about their tax returns being already submitted. Meaning someone voluntarily submitted their taxes, and took the liberty of cashing those refund checks. Please …

Follow these tips to begin defending yourself and our book, How not to be hacked to timely tips:

  1. Use two-factor authentication with your tax software
  2. Print out (yes on paper) and store each year’s tax return in a safe-deposit box in case you need to use it with a tax examiner to correct fraudulent filings
  3. Monitor your records, submissions, and returns carefully for errors
  4. Speed, snail mail (U.S. Postal service), and paper filings will not prevent these frauds

Here is a snapshot of today’s Google listings on the topic … startling and scary stuff:

  • Citing fraud concerns, Minn. won’t accept TurboTax returns

    www.cnbc.com/id/102404465 – 2 days ago – Intuit has halted the transmission of all state e-filing tax returns on …. Then those got hacked and someone filed fake returns under those folks …
  • Citing Tax Fraud Spike, TurboTax Suspends State E-Filings …

    https://krebsonsecurity.com/…/citing-tax-fraud-spike-turbota… –Brian Krebs – Customers who have already filed their state tax returns using Intuit … A seller of hacked accounts on the Dark Web community Evolution …
  • TurboTax account hacked and someone has filed 2014 Tax …

    https://ttlc.intuit.com/…/2662218-turbotax-account-hacked-and-so… – TurboTax account hacked and someone has filed 2014 Tax Return with my secured information. Bank account … Shocking to see that the tax return is alreadyfiled for 2014. … 1) Go to https://support.turbotax.intuit.com/contact/
  • Utah flags 8,000 tax returns as possible fraud. TurboTax …

    www.dailykos.com/…/-Utah-flags-8-000-taxreturns-as-possibl… Daily Kos – “Utah taxpayers who filed state-income tax returns electronically prior to 2014 through … Intuit also makes Quickbooks which would have a LOT of highly useful … If this a part of the same group that has hacked other big name …
  • TurboTax Temporarily Suspends E-Filings on Fraud Concerns

    www.wsj.com/…/turbotax-suspends-e-filings-on-fra…The Wall Street Journal – 2 days ago – Online Tax-Software Company Temporarily Halts Electronic Filing of State Returns … Intuit hasn’t said how many 2014 state tax returns have already been filed… At Anthem, hackers broke into a database containing personal …
  • Fake Tax Returns In 19 States Linked To Apparent …

    crooksandliars.com/…/fraudulent-taxreturnsfiled-utah-… Crooks and Liars – Electronic filing has opened a whole new enterprise for hackers and … and TurboTax are both Intuit products that link to one another for tax …

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James has been in technology and information security since 1996, and has worked at both the hardcore technical areas (installing the wires and boxes), and has spent the last decade building and leading global information security professionals. James is a published inventor (encryption privacy related patent), a regular speaker, a leader in the information security field, and a passionate father.

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