Now that we’re firmly into 2024, Kingston Police have issued an early reminder to the public to stay alert during the upcoming tax season, as it’s often a time of increased scam activity.
According to the release from Kingston Police, dated Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, phishing and smishing scams are of particular worry at tax time.
“Tax scams and frauds have unfortunately become a staple each year and, around the world, cybercriminals are readying their fraudulent phishing emails and text messages (smishing). Handling your taxes is often a difficult task. So, cybercriminals use this sensitive topic to catch your attention or manipulate your emotions,” Kingston Police stated.
Police provided these tips to help everyone stay safe during tax season:
- Always think before you click. Cyberattacks are designed to catch you off guard and trick you into clicking impulsively.
- Use extra caution when handling tax documents. For digital documents, use password protection. For physical documents, keep paperwork in a secure location and shred anything that is no longer needed.
“Stop, look, and think. Don’t be fooled by the scammers.”