Doug Bedell — February 19, 2018, 11:34 am

Tax Preparers and Payers: Be Mindful of Banking Hackers


It’s the income tax season and Brian Krebs writes about “identity thieves who specialize in tax refund fraud” – another form of security challenge.

They’re hackers. They hunt through bank accounts looking for large deposits from the Internal Revenue Service from tax refunds. In the Oklahoma City area, says an official of the Oklahoma Bankers Association, “Bank customers received hefty deposits into their accounts from the U.S. Treasury, and shortly thereafter were contacted by phone by someone claiming to be a collections agent for a firm calling itself DebtCredit and using the website name debtcredit.us.

“We’re having customers getting refunds they have not applied for,” says the banking official, noting that “the transfers were traced back to a local tax preparer who’d apparently gotten phished or hacked…If the crooks have breached a tax preparer and can send money to the client, they can sure enough pull money out of those accounts, too.”

And so it goes; be watchful.

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