Alloy Silverstein urges our clients to be cautious with their private information and to remain proactive in safeguarding personal data from identity thieves.
With respect to email scams, know that the IRS will never contact you via email. Suspicious emails should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org and then deleted from the email account. If you are unsure about a notice, you can often validate the legitimacy of a correspondence by performing a keyword search on the IRS.gov website or by contacting your Alloy Silverstein accountant.
Likewise, fake call centers continue to contact taxpayers with fictitious scenarios that demand immediate payment or even threaten arrest. Err on the side of caution and never provide your information or authorize payment over the phone or to an unknown email recipient.
As an added layer of protection, we encourage using our secure Client Portal to transfer financial documents and anything that contains sensitive identifiable information. Contact us today if you do not yet have Portal access.