According to the IRS hackers are taking control of our preparers’ computer systems, preparing returns, then filing the returns and redirecting into which accounts our refunds are deposited.
According the Business Record, “The agencies urge all tax preparers to run a security "deep scan" to search for viruses and malware as well as strengthening passwords for both computer and software access. Organizations should also be wary of phishing scams and check remote access software, which is a potential way for cybercriminals to gain entry and take control of a machine. Tax professionals should review IRS Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer Data, A Guide for Your Business, which provides a checklist to help safeguard taxpayer information and enhance office security.”
Social Security Check Warning: You might think this is unlikely, but last Friday I was with a friend in his 70's whose Social Security checks had for the past six months been redirected to a PO Box in Kansas City, Missouri.