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Ask your tax preparer about their cybersecurity

When the Internal Revenue Service is warning people about cybercrime, you know that hackers are a serious problem. Of course, we tell you about cybercrime all the time for that exact reason.

It's estimated that companies in the United States lose an average $15 million each year due to cybercrimes, and that doesn't count the millions of individuals who are hacked and scammed. The IRS has reason to be concerned.

It says in a new campaign, "Taxes. Security. Together.," that hackers are using phishing email scams to trick tax accountants into installing malware onto their computers. The phony email appears to come from the IRS. So, tax preparers are opening the malware, which is being used to steal passwords and taxpayers' personal information.

The IRS is urging tax preparation companies to make sure their computer systems aren't infected with malware. If a company is doing your taxes, ask them if their system has been checked for malware. If you're doing your own taxes, the IRS wants you to ensure there's no malware on your computer.

Next page: The IRS's 5-step Internet security action plan
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