Hello, Bryan Herbstritt here with Fidelitech Solutions, your local
trusted IT Services and Cyber Security Partner.
Today’s Tech Tips Tuesday, tip of the day is “Prevent Tax Fraud
with id.me and an IP PIN from the IRS!”
You do not have to have an
id.me or IP PIN set up with the IRS in order to file taxes securely. Simply a bad actor submitted taxes on your behalf
with the ACH return going to one of their own bank accounts. These types of bad actors especially prey on
people filing delayed tax returns. CPA
firms and individuals’ personal identities are stolen often through malware and
keyloggers. They will often file the
returns based on the information stolen months before the person or preparer files
the tax documents.
Setting up an id.me and IP
PIN with the IRS is pretty straight forward.
First, we recommend you set up and secure your id.me account. This is done by opening your web browser and navigating
to id.me, selecting “Sign in”, and then selecting the “Create an ID.me account”
option. From here enter in your desired
email address and complex password. Your
password must contain both a lower and uppercase letter, a number, and be at
least 8 characters in length. In order
to make it complex we recommend adding a symbol as well. Such as a percent, star, dollar, or pound
symbol. After creating the account you
will have to verify your ownership of the email address by entering a code and
submitting it. After verifying your account return back to id.me and sign in
with your new credentials. After signing
in we recommend you also lock down your new account with two or more
multi-factor authentication methods. Select
“Sign In & Security” and then select the “Set Up” button next to your desired
two or more methods in the list.
Now that your id.me account is setup and secured with two or more multi-factor
authentication methods you are ready to request your Identity Protection PIN
from the IRS, also simply referred to as an IP PIN.
In your search engine of choice search for the term, “IP PIN”, and look
for what is typically the top result, www.irs.gov identity-theft-fraud-scams
> get-an-identity-protection-pin which takes you to the formal site: https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-fraud-scams/get-an-identity-protection-pin.
From there scroll down and select “Get an IP PIN” and then select “Sign in with
ID.me” and login using your newly created credentials. As you may have noticed you could have
created the id.me account from here but I recommend doing the creation directly
on the id.me site and logging beforehand to be sure you have secured id.me by
setting up the multi-factor options as well.
Accept the ID.me and IRS terms and conditions and then authenticate your
session. After authentication you will
be able to verify your identity using one of two options “Self-Service” or “Video
Call”. This will identify your identity
and attach it permanently to the ID.me account using your driver’s license, State
ID, passport, passport card, SSN, and capture a selfie. From here follow the prompts and once fully
verified and vetted you will be provided the IP PIN that you will want to securely
document and save in a safe place such as a safe.
If you have questions about cyber security or some other, IT-related
issues for your business? Go to https://www.Fidelitech.net/discoverycall to
book a quick, 10-minute call.
For a free security assessment, schedule an appointment at https://www.fidelitech.net/semperarmor.
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