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Beware of Tax Identity Theft

The Federal Trade Commission has issued an alert to the prevalence of identity theft, especially during this tax season when thieves are actively stealing consumer refunds.

Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security Number (SSN) to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. Consumers are often unaware that this has occurred until they file their return and discover that a return has been filed using their SSN.

How to Reduce our Risk

  • Always use security software with firewall  and anti-virus protections. Use strong passwords.
  • Recognize and avoid phishing emails, threatening phone calls and texts from thieves posing as legitimate organizations such as a financial institution, credit card companies or even the IRS.
  • Do not click on links or download attachments form unknown or suspicious emails.
  • Protect your personal data. Don’t routinely carry your Social Security Card, and make sure your tax records are secure.

ALERT: The IRS does NOT initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.

Steps for Identity Theft Victims

If you believe your Kinecta Federal Credit Union account information has been compromised, please call our Member Contact Center at 1-800-854-9846. A representative can assist you in taking the appropriate steps to protect your account.