Tag: Identity Theft

Tax Preparation Precautions

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 27, 2013 – It’s time to file your taxes, and you should be aware of safety precautions to protect your personal identity from being stolen. During tax season, a lot of sensitive, private information is exchanged causing consumers to be vulnerable. The following five tips will protect your personal identification during tax preparation: Know Who’s Helping You: Work with someone familiar and trustworthy. If you’re thinking of hiring a new accountant or using a tax preparation service, do some research first and check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints. File Your Taxes As Soon As Possible: Filing sooner rather than later gives identity thieves less time to file tax returns with stolen Social Security numbers. Use Secure WiFi to E-File: If you’re filing through TurboTax or another online program, be sure to send your personal information through a secure password protected wireless Internet connection. Mail Taxes Personally: If you’re mailing your tax forms using the US Postal Service, don’t put your taxes in someone else’s hands. Mail the information directly at the post office and cut out the middleman. Watch Out for IRS Email Scams: A huge red flag is an “IRS email”, this is likely a phishing scam, since proper notification for personal information will only be sent to you from the IRS through regular mail....

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Big Bear Sheriff’s Station Hosts Free Seminar on Identity Theft and Scams

Big Bear, CA, April 10, 2012, 5:00pm – In order to raise community awareness, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station is offering a free seminar on identity theft and common fraud scams on Wednesday evening, April 11th.  Our local Sheriff’s Department has received an increased number of reports of scams and identity theft over the past three months.  Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information, such as your Social Security number, without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes.  “Scam” is a term that covers a variety of crimes, ranging from bogus Internet auctions to the infamous Nigerian advance fee fraud schemes.  According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated 8.6 million households in the U.S. experienced some form of identity theft in 2010 with the direct financial loss estimated at $13.3 billion.  And, according to the Federal Trade Commission, California ranks third in the nation per capita for identity theft.  Although senior citizens were once considered to be the most common victims, the 18 to 29 year old age bracket accounts for almost 30% of all identity theft complaints.  All Valley residents are invited to learn more about how identity theft is committed, common Internet scams, techniques to avoid becoming a victim and information on what to do if you are victimized.  Seating is limited to 100 attendees on Wednesday at 6pm in Hofert Hall...

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Fight Back Against Identity Theft

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Identity Theft as Easy as Throwing Out Trash

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Community Services District Responds To Identity Theft Allegations

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