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Social Media

AG Brnovich Issues Consumer Advisory Regarding Social Media Scams

Attorney General Mark Brnovich wants Arizona consumers to keep an eye out for social media scams. Social media has become one of the most prevalent means of conducting consumer scams, accounting for about a quarter of all scam losses last year – about $770 million nationwide. In particular, investment and cryptocurrency social media scams have

Cybercrime

Cybercriminals use pandemic to attack schools and colleges

Vulnerable devices and systems are targets. EThamPhoto/Getty Images Nir Kshetri, University of North Carolina – Greensboro Cyberattacks have hit schools and colleges harder than any other industry during the pandemic. In 2020, including the costs of downtime, repairs and lost opportunities, the average ransomware attack cost educational institutions $2.73 million. That is $300,000 more than

Crime

Steer Away from Summertime Scammers

As traveling and summer vacations increase, the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) reminds taxpayers that fraudsters do not take a summer break when it comes to identity theft. Please be aware of tactics such as card-skimming devices, hacking email accounts, phishing schemes, or using false pretenses. ADOR has prepared the following checklist to assist taxpayers:

State

Attorney General Mark Brnovich Warns Against Economic Stimulus Scams

Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning consumers about a reported increase in the amount of stimulus check email and text scams. With the third round of economic stimulus checks on the way to many Arizonans, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has seen an uptick in consumer complaints involving unsolicited text messages from scammers pretending to be from

National

National Tax Security Awareness Week opens with warnings to all taxpayers and tax professionals as holidays, 2021 tax season approach

The Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today issued warnings to all taxpayers and tax professionals to beware of scams and identity theft schemes by criminals taking advantage of the combination of holiday shopping, the approaching tax season and coronavirus concerns. The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry opened the National

COVID-19

Security Summit partners warn taxpayers of new COVID-related text scam

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned of a new text scam created by thieves that trick people into disclosing bank account information under the guise of receiving the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. The IRS, states and industry, working together as the Security Summit, remind taxpayers that neither the

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