Here are a few things to know when attempting to protect yourself against identity thieves:
The IRS never will contact you via email or phone to request personal information. If you receive a scam email or call that claims to be from the IRS, report it to email@example.com.
People can steal your identity by stealing your wallet or purse, receiving information they need over the phone or email, finding your personal information in the trash, or accessing information you provide to an unsecured website (only enter credit card information on websites that start with “https://”).
Your identity may have been stolen if you receive a letter from the IRS indicating that more than one tax return was filed in your name.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.
Tip adapted from IRS.gov7