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Tips to avoid online tax scams

The CyberSafe at USPS team is urging employees to watch out for tax scams this time of year.

Tax time is prime time for scams.

Cybercriminals steal millions of dollars each year by conning filers into revealing their names, birthdates and Social Security numbers, then using that information to file fraudulent tax returns.

To protect yourself, the CyberSafe at USPS team offers the following tips:

• File early. Filing taxes early with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gives scammers less time to steal your identity and your tax refund.

Keep your information secure. Scammers might pose as a trusted bank, government agency or tax professional. Taxes should only be paid to the “United States Treasury.”

Know the signs. The IRS never contacts taxpayers by email, text message or social media channels.

Monitor accounts. Check your bank statements for suspicious activity. Ensure your tax refund is deposited into your designated account.

If you suspect fraudulent phishing emails are being sent to your personal inbox, report them to the IRS at If you’ve been a victim of a tax scam, contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration through its website at

Remember: Never use your USPS email address to file personal taxes. IRS emails arriving in your Postal Service inbox are likely phishing attempts that must be reported using the “Report to CyberSafe” button in your Outlook toolbar.

The CyberSafe at USPS Blue and LiteBlue pages have additional information.

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