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5 Steps to Avoid Phishing Attacks

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Sep 3, 2019 6:37:39 AM


There's a threat called Phishing and it can put your entire organization at risk. Phishing, a technique malefactors use to steal sensitive information such as user names and passwords, is a growing segment of crime.

Phishing typically involves the use of an authentic-looking email or website that prompts you to enter sensitive data that can be used to hack or hijack your business's systems. Phishing techniques are becoming increasingly sophisticated and more difficult to spot and prevent.

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Topics: identity theft, fraud, cybersecurity

BEWARE: Scammers are Targeting Companies and Individuals with Very Sophisticated Attacks

Posted by Zinner & Co. on May 6, 2019 1:57:02 PM

Hackers and scammers are back at it again … and they’re better than ever. Recently we’ve seen a big upswing in the number, and relative sophistication, of hacker and scammer attacks. They’re sending sophisticated emails and “snail mail” invoicing to target unwitting individuals and companies.

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Topics: identity theft, security, cybersecurity

7 Steps to Combat Elder Fraud

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Apr 9, 2019 7:02:00 AM

Every year around this time, the IRS issues a warning about scams that attempt to victimize taxpayers and steal from them. More often than not, the victims of these crimes are senior citizens. The scams have varying levels of sophistication. From simple - such as calling on the phone and posing as an IRS agent - to sophisticated phishing scams that attempt to get taxpayers to reveal information that can be used to hack key user accounts.

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Topics: identity theft, fraud, social security, cybersecurity

8 Things You Can Do Today to Protect Your Identity

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Mar 12, 2019 6:10:00 AM

If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the last month several high profile companies were hacked and individuals’ personal information was compromised. The sites included health insurance providers, job searching sites, restaurant chains, a fitness and diet tracking website and even online photo storage sites. The numbers of people potentially involved in these breaches are staggering.

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Topics: identity theft, cybersecurity

Avoid Identity Theft to Protect Your Tax Return

Posted by Matt Szydlowski, CPA on Feb 26, 2019 6:51:00 AM

T'is the season! Tax season that is. It’s also identity theft season. Last year over 100,000 people discovered that their identity had been stolen when they attempted to file their taxes. While the IRS and other tax jurisdictions have worked diligently to reduce the number of fraudulent filings, there is still a lot that you can do to protect yourself from identity theft.

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Topics: identity theft, Taxes - Individual, cybersecurity

Think Before Signing onto that Free Wi-Fi

Posted by Frank Geric on Jan 10, 2019 6:30:00 AM

If you’ve traveled you know how unproductive travel time can feel sitting and waiting for your plane. So, you figure you’ll just hop on the airport’s Wi-Fi and check your email or send out a proposal. NOT SO FAST!

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Topics: identity theft, security, cybersecurity

'Tis the Season for Tax Scams and Fraud

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Feb 28, 2017 10:27:51 AM

Tax season is prime time for scammers and cyber criminals. Beyond identity theft, which is seemingly quite commonplace, tax scams have the dubious distinction of rising to the top of the Better Business Bureau's list of scams in 2016.

According to the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker, the top ten list includes: 

  • Tax scams
  • Debt collections
  • Sweepstakes/prizes/gifts
  • Online purchase
  • Employment
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Topics: identity theft, scams, fraud, Taxes - Individual, taxes, IRS

REAL ID: What it is and how it will affect you

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Feb 27, 2017 12:47:22 PM

Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Secure driver's licenses and identification documents are a vital component of a holistic national security strategy. Law enforcement must be able to rely on government-issued identification documents and know that the bearer of such a document is who he or she claims to be.

The REAL ID Act is a coordinated effort by the states and the Federal Government to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued identification documents, which should inhibit terrorists’ ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification.

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Topics: identity theft, Business - Management, Issues & Concerns

Bad Phish: Don’t Get Caught in the Net of the Latest Scam

Posted by Zinner & Co. on Jan 29, 2017 8:02:00 AM

Do you remember when you were in school and the teacher would give each student a worksheet to “spot the difference” between two side-by-side detailed scenes?  You would look carefully at each of the two images, trying to spot subtle details, such as an extra button on a shirt or a missing shoe on a person. Maybe it was the number of petals on a daisy or a cone of ice cream missing the cherry on top. The directions would indicate there would be six differences, but try as hard as you did, (and even when you asked a classmate for help) you could still only find four or five differences, and were convinced there was never a sixth.

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Topics: identity theft, fraud

Why was I notified by the IRS?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Team on Jul 15, 2016 2:34:31 PM

Have you been notified by the IRS? You may want to think twice before responding to the call, email or letter.

The work of criminals knows no boundaries. Unfortunatley, this time of year brings another wave of antics to the forefront as the criminal will use various ploys to trick taxpayers into providing sensitive or personal identification information by posing as the IRS. 

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but now the IRS is receiving new reports of scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone.

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Topics: identity theft, fraud, Taxes - Individual


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