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Protecting Yourself from AI Scams During Tax Season

Tax season is notorious for stress, but now there’s a new concern: cybercriminals are leveraging AI deepfake technology to deceive taxpayers. We’ve consulted with cybersecurity experts in Boston and Rhode Island to equip you with the knowledge to stay safe while navigating tax filings.

As each tax season rolls around, the pressure to file accurately and on time also makes us vulnerable to social engineering scams. Now, with the rise of AI-generated deepfakes, the threat has escalated. These sophisticated videos can replicate a person’s appearance, voice, and mannerisms with alarming accuracy.

The rapid advancement of generative AI technology presents an opportunity for tax scammers to exploit. But how can we protect ourselves against these sophisticated threats? The key lies in proactive prevention.

Here are the top 5 AI tax scams to watch out for:

  • Deepfake Impersonation of Tax Authorities: Cybercriminals may use AI-generated deepfake technology to impersonate IRS agents, tax preparers, or other authorities, aiming to extract sensitive information or illicit payments.
  • Fake Tax Preparation Software: Scammers might develop AI-powered fake tax software, luring taxpayers into downloading malicious applications that steal personal and financial data under the guise of legitimate tools.
  • Phishing Emails with AI-Generated Content: AI algorithms can craft highly personalized phishing emails, tailored to individuals’ profiles, increasing the success rate of these fraudulent schemes.
  • Voice Cloning for Phone Scams: Advancements in AI-based voice cloning enable scammers to mimic trusted voices, posing as tax authorities or financial institutions over the phone to extract sensitive information or initiate fraudulent transactions.
  • AI-Powered Social Engineering Attacks: Analyzing social media profiles and online activity, scammers can craft sophisticated social engineering attacks to manipulate taxpayers into divulging confidential information or falling for fraudulent schemes.

Protecting Yourself:

  • File your tax return early to help evade scammers.
  • Remember, the IRS never initiates contact via email, phone, or video call.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited calls demanding immediate payment or unusual payment methods.
  • Enable multi-factor authentication for online accounts and consider using the IRS’s IP PIN system.
  • Exercise caution when clicking on tax-related links and avoid filing taxes over unsecured Wi-Fi networks.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the IRS and utilize resources like identitytheft.gov and the Identity Theft Resource Center for assistance.

You can safeguard your finances and personal information from AI Scams During Tax Season. Stay informed and adopt  proactive security measures listed above. Stay vigilant and stay safe! Give us a call and ask about the cybersecurity services we can offer!

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