Beware of tax scams!

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Tax season is upon us and fraudsters are already sending deceitful email messages that look like legitimate tax communications. Don’t become another victim! The IRS estimates that identity thieves have stolen billions via tax fraud.

Be on the alert for: 

  • Any message asking for W-2 or other tax information.
  • Authentic looking emails impersonating UC or UCSF communications about accessing your W-2.
  • Messages that look like they are from executive management requesting copies of employee W-2s for review purposes.
  • Messages with links that encourage you to click on them, asking for passwords, etc.
  • Unexpected phone calls about tax information or asking you to install software.

Protect yourself:

  • To access your W-2 statement, visit the University of California At Your Service Online website via MyAccess instead of clicking on a link in an email. 
  • Use a different way to validate any request for W-2 or other tax information, even if it looks like a legitimate request. For example, if you receive an email, call the person to verify.
  • Do not reply to emails asking for your password or SSN.
  • Familiarize yourself with the IRS’ current list of tax scams so you recognize them.
  • IT Security can’t stress enough: beware of tax-related phishing scams!

Take the IT Security Tax Fraud Awareness Quiz. 

Everyone who passes wins a prize! This month’s prize is a stress ball (while supplies last and then will be replaced by comparable gift) because IT Security cannot stress enough: Beware of tax-related phishing scams!

One person will also be selected for the grand prize: a PacSafe.Com secure backpack.

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