Senior Scene: Fighting identity theft
The last time I was talking about hearing loss I did not tell you how to get in touch with Mr. Raff. He is a board-certified hearing instrument specialist and a board member of the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging (WCAAA). He can be reached at 203-754-2200 or online at hearingaidwaterbury.com. Howard Raff’s Connecticut license number is 000343.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning us about tax scams. First of all, the IRS does not call anyone at any time, so that would be a warning sign.
The FTC has these tips to fight identity theft: File your tax return early in the tax season if you can. Use a secure Internet connection if you file electronically, or mail your tax return directly from the post office. When using an online tax preparation service, look for the tax preparer identification number. The IRS requires all paid tax preparers to have one before filing any returns. Ask tax preparers about their data security policies and how they protect your information. Respond to all mail from the IRS as soon as possible.
To determine if a website is encrypted, look for https at the start of the web address (the “S’’ is for secure). Some websites use encryption only on the sign-in page, but if any part of your session isn’t encrypted, your entire account could be vulnerable. Look for https on every page you visit, not just when you sign in.
If tax identity theft happens to you, go to identitytheft.gov:https://www.identity theft.gov/.
See you in two weeks. Chris