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HPD Offers Safety Tips for Tax Season

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HILLIARD, OHIO — It’s tax season, and criminals know it, too. This time of year, more residents report being targeted for scams and thefts, according to the Hilliard Division of Police.

Here are a few tips from police and the IRS to keep in mind to prevent yourself from being a victim:

  • Take your mail inside. If you’re dropping off important mail (such as checks for tax payments), take it directly inside the post office, even if it’s tempting to take the more convenient route by leaving items in other drop-off boxes.
  • Don’t fall for scams. Criminals often try to impersonate banks, credit card companies and even the IRS hoping to steal personal data. Learn to recognize and avoid those fake communications. The IRS will not call a taxpayer threatening a lawsuit, arrest or to demand immediate payment.
  • Beware of threatening phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS. Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails. Do not click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious emails.
  • Protect yourself. Protect your personal data. Don’t routinely carry your Social Security card, and make sure your tax records are secure. Treat your personal information like you do your cash; don’t leave it lying around.

Share this information with friends and family. If you think you’ve been a victim of identity theft or a scam, contact Hilliard Division of Police.

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