Education on Common Schemes Can Help Prevent Tax Fraud

Every year NBC 5 Responds warns you that cyber criminals could be working to steal your personal information and file tax returns in your name.

(Published Friday, Dec. 1, 2017)

Every year NBC 5 Responds warns you that cyber criminals could be working to steal your personal information and file tax returns in your name.

This year, thanks to all the data breaches out there, the criminals' work is a little easier.

An escaped sheep led police on a wild chase in Massachusetts. The sheep escaped from the New England Rodeo and as officer tried to corral the animal it fled into the woods. The public is urged to contact the New England Rodeo if the sheep is spotted.

(Published Tuesday, July 10, 2018)

This week several groups in North Texas are joining forces to fight back.

Major breaches of computers at Equifax and businesses like Sonic Restaurants have many of us wondering when and where we will get hit.

Cece Morgan, an executive with Intuit, the company behind TurboTax and Quicken, says, "We've made tremendous progress. There's more to do."

Morgan and executives from the Better Business Bureau, the IRS and area CPAs are joining forces to share information on scams and how hackers are targeting them.

Dramatic video shows a car drive in reverse at the end of a police pursuit in south Los Angeles. He exited the vehicle and surrendered to police. Initial reports say the driver is wanted for a felony hit and run. 

(Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018)

Morgan says that crooks know that their company is hiring. These hackers send emails with resumes attached. When the resume is opened it downloads software onto the company's computers and logs their keystrokes.

Tax preparers are vulnerable. By hacking into a company's computers instead of yours at home, they get information on many people.

And thanks to the recent data breaches, these hackers could already have your information, which makes this year a little different. They may not target tax preparers and just file taxes in your name, or come to you to fill in the blanks on the bit of data they don't know.

Educating yourself on what hackers are doing is the best protection. Make sure you keep updated on many of the scams out there.

Newly-released body camera footage shows two New Jersey police officers saving a toddler's life.  Officers immediately grabbed the child, and began to firmly thump her back between the shoulder blades. The little girl was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was quickly released.

(Published Tuesday, July 10, 2018)

Take some time to learn why you should never pay for anything with a gift card, wire someone a check, or mail out W-2s or personal information, even if the emails look like it's coming from someone you know.

Having anti-virus software installed isn't enough. Make sure you also have a firewall, and that the sensitive files on your computer are encrypted.

The IRS says their investigators are on it to help protect you, too.