March 19, 2016

22 - How To Stop Cyber Criminals from Getting Your Tax Refund

How to Stop Cyber Criminals from Getting Your Tax Refund

Aaron Hanson, Senior Regional Manager, Norton

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As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” It makes sense, then, that cybercriminals would find a way to take advantage of tax season. Joining us to share the latest tax season scams and tips to avoid falling victim to cyber crimes is Aaron Hanson, Senior Regional Manager for Norton by Symantec.

The Facts Behind Cybercrime at Tax Time:

Last year more than 91 percent of American tax returns were filed online according to the IRS. As more consumers opt to file their taxes online, an increased amount of sensitive information is at risk.

Norton by Symantec, a leader in consumer security, identified a surge in online threats during tax season. In fact, last year, TurboTax temporarily suspended services due to a rise in fraudulent claims filed with stolen information, and 2016 has already kicked off with a slew of new tax season threats. In January, TaxSlayer notified thousands of customers of a potential data breach, and the IRS has also disclosed an attempted scam. Online criminals now have access to a vast amount of sensitive, personal information and Americans should understand how to keep their data safe.

This tax season, it’s critical that consumers are vigilant of scammers and stay educated on ways to protect themselves online.

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About Aaron Hanson:

Aaron Hanson, Senior Regional Manager at Norton, leads the Americas team responsible for bringing consumer security products to market.  For the past seven years with Norton by Symantec, Aaron has served consumers and small businesses in delivering products and solutions to help them protect their digital information, so they can go online with confidence. Aaron is passionate about cybersecurity and his role in ensuring customers are protected from online threats.

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