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Tuesday, November 19 2019

Following are some preventive measures to help keep your identity safe:

Individual Preventive Measures

  • Truncate Social Security numbers (SSNs) where possible or mask them on insurance cards.
  • Monitor credit reports at least annually.
    Contact details for the fraud departments of the three major credit bureaus are:, 1-800-525-6285
    Experian-, 1-888-397-3742
    TransUnion –, 1-800-680-7289
  • Forward any IRS notices immediately to your CPA immediately.
  • Keep Social Security cards and financial information in a secure location and properly dispose of documents with SSNs or account numbers.
  • Give out an SSN, birthdate, or address only if required.
  • Buy and use a shredder.
  • Protect personal computers with firewalls, anti-spam, or anti-virus software; regularly change passwords; and password-secure wireless connections.
  • Be mindful of the personal information divulged on social media, as hackers are getting increasingly sophisticated.

Business Preventive Measures

  • Use anti-virus and other security software on all office computers and update data-security policies.
  • Educate employees about phishing (attempts by fraudsters to acquire information via electronic communications by posing as a legitimate entity).
  • Remind employees not to open links or attachments from emails they were not expecting to receive.
  • Update business filings with the IRS and with state business registries as soon as any contact information changes.
  • Monitor the business’s credit profile at least annually.
  • If possible, consider filing business tax returns earlier in tax season.
  • Forward phishing emails purported to be from the IRS per the forwarding instructions on the IRS website.
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