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Cybersecurity Awareness Month, conducted every October, is a collaboration between government and private industry to raise awareness about digital security and empower everyone to protect themselves against cybercrime. While the IRS and its Security Summit partners continue a robust effort fighting identity theft and fraudulent tax returns, help is still needed. Families, especially teens and senior citizens, need to know the importance of being cautious and how to stay safe online.
The Security Summit is a coalition of state tax agencies, private-sector tax industry officials and the IRS that works year-round to protect taxpayers. Together, they are fighting back against emerging criminal threats in the United States and overseas that use identity theft to file fraudulent returns for refunds.
During National Cybersecurity Month and throughout the year, the IRS is asking parents, families and others to be mindful of the potential dangers in sharing devices at home, shopping online and using social media. Often, the less experienced can put themselves and others at risk by leaving an unnecessary trail of personal information for fraudsters.
A few simple suggestions that can help protect children and other vulnerable groups from potential dangers to their personal data are:
Remember, the IRS does not use text messages or social media to discuss personal tax issues, such as those involving tax refunds or tax bills. For more information, visit the Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts page on IRS.gov. Additional information about tax scams is also available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube videos.