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April 26, 2012
OTC Reminds Taxpayers: Protect Your Identity
The Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) would like to remind taxpayers to take precautions in protecting their identity, especially during the peak income tax refund time.
The OTC periodically receives reports from taxpayers who receive suspicious emails claiming to be from the OTC. These false informational communications are considered “phishing”—otherwise known as an opportunity to trick taxpayers into revealing personal or financial account inormation.
“The OTC is committed to maintaining the highest standards in confidentiality and security of taxpayer information in internet correspondence and financial transactions,” stated Paula Ross, Oklahoma Tax Commission spokesperson. “Therefore, the OTC does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.” This also includes other types of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.
By taking these easy steps, taxpayers can protect their personal and financial information from phishers and scammers:
- Do not provide personal account information, including social security numbers or PIN numbers.
- Do not respond to an email you did not initiate.
- Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain a virus that could infect a computer.
- Do not click on any links in a suspicious email, or from an email address you are not familiar with.