To combat the problem, the IRS updated its computer files to identify more fraudulent returns, and the major tax preparers have increased their security. However, as individuals’ tax returns are becoming more difficult to manipulate, thieves are taking aim at data belonging to tax return preparers and tax professionals, the payroll community, small employers and human resource departments.
People who identified themselves in a survey as “tech savvy” were 18 percent more likely to be victims of online identity theft. In addition those who said they had Ph.Ds were more frequently victims than high school graduates
Fraudsters’ methods continually evolve to counter new fraud protection measures and with personally identifiable information, they could steal a customer’s identity or create a synthetic identity. Once a fraudster captures this information, if they are able to access a customer account or open an account, it creates a nightmare scenario with significant repercussions for the business and the customer.
Fifty-four percent of respondents in The Global Study on the State of Payment Data Security, conducted by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of Gemalto, have had a security or data breach involving payment data an average of four times in the past two years.
Private industries need to join the fight against terrorist ideologies, says Financial Integrity Network Chairman Juan Zarate. Read how in the July edition of Security magazine. This issue also includes guidance about CSO compensation and salary, banking security, emergency notifications and more.