Stay Safe From Cybercrime during tax time

Marquette Bank is dedicated to helping you identify and avoid scams. The security of your personal information, data and accounts is important to us. We want to help you protect it.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TAX IDENTITY THEFT

According to ITRC, the most important step you can do is file early and get your tax refund before thieves do. Follow these steps to get help as a victim of tax identity theft:

  • If you suspect identity theft: If you think you have tax issues related to identity theft, call the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit (IPSU) at 1-800-908-4490.
  • File an ID theft affidavit: You can document the identity theft by submitting a police report and the IRS ID Theft Affidavit (Form 14039)
  • Contact your state tax organization: Your state taxes may be affected as well.
  • Document your case: Download the free ID Theft Help app from ITRC to track your case as you go through the resolution process.
  • Call the ITRC: You can receive no-cost assistance from a victim advisor by calling 1-888-400-5530.

What to Do if You Think You are a Victim?

  • Contact your bank immediately and close the account, if you believe your account may be compromised. Watch for any unauthorized charges to your account. Consider reporting the attack to your local police department, and file a report with the Federal Trade Commission or the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.
  • Forward phishing emails to spam@uce.gov – and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the email. You also may report phishing email to reportphishing@antiphishing.org. The Anti-Phishing Working Group, a group of ISPs, security vendors, financial institutions and law enforcement agencies, uses these reports to fight phishing.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU STAY SAFE THIS TAX SEASON 

Here are a few more resources that can help you protect your identity and be safer and more secure online this tax season – and year-round:
•             STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Tips and Advice
•             Identity Theft Resource Center
•             The Federal Trade Commission’s IdentityTheft.gov
•             The Internal Revenue Service’s Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts