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Crafty scammers target tax filers

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The CyberSafe at USPS team encourages employees to beware of hackers and scammers during tax season.

Scammers are using new cons this tax season to trick filers into revealing personal and financial information.

To protect yourself, the CyberSafe at USPS team encourages you to watch out for:

• Phishing emails and calls. Scammers often impersonate IRS agents by phone or email to obtain your Social Security number or bank information, or to demand tax payments. Be suspicious of official-looking emails with IRS logos.

• “Federal Student Tax.” Scammers might demand students or parents pay this non-existent tax. Don’t be fooled.

• Affordable Care Act notices. Scammers might demand payment for “CP2000” notices in connection with the Affordable Care Act. This notice is an informational document, not a bill.

Remember: The IRS will never initiate a call or email to demand immediate payment or threaten you with law enforcement. Think twice before acting on unsolicited requests.

If you believe you’ve been a victim of tax fraud, contact the IRS.

If you notice suspicious activity while using postal equipment, report it immediately to the CyberSecurity Operations Center by emailing

The CyberSafe at USPS sites on Blue, LiteBlue and have additional tips.

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