Will the tax time crunch leave your identity vulnerable and exposed?
ProtectMyIDTM offers top tips to help protect against identity theft during busy tax season
Irvine, Calif., March 30, 2011 — As tax day approaches and personal financial information circulates at an increased rate, consumers may leave themselves vulnerable to identity theft, according to a recent survey conducted by Experian’s ProtectMyID™, a leading, full-service provider of identity theft detection, protection and fraud resolution. Identity theft is a growing problem that continues to affect millions of people annually. In fact, a recent report released by the Federal Trade Commission names identity theft as the top consumer complaint in the United States for the 11th consecutive year.
With so many millions of people filing taxes and circulating legal and financial documents throughout tax season, it is especially important to protect personal financial information such as W-2 forms and bank statements. According to survey results, 48 percent of consumers store their tax documents in an unsecured location. Document security is one of many factors that can increase or decrease one’s risk of identity theft during tax season.
“Tax season is often an overwhelming time for people and the possibility of identity theft may not be top of mind as they are quickly prepping documents in paper form and online,” said Jennifer Leuer, general manager of Experian’s ProtectMyID. “This period is stressful enough without the added worry of identity theft, and tax filers can take comfort in knowing that ProtectMyID is a valuable partner in helping to alleviate this pressure.”
With less than a month remaining before the April 18th tax deadline, Experian’s ProtectMyID has created a list of important considerations for consumers to bear in mind while navigating the preparation and filing processes.
ProtectMyID’s tax time tips:
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