The IRS and the New York Department of Taxation and Finance remind taxpayers to be vigilant against scammers and identity thieves.

Be wary of aggressive phone scams. Remember, the IRS and New York State Tax Department will contact you by mail first and never threaten you over the phone or demand payment be made through Moneygram, Western Union or other wire transfers; or using iTunes, Greendot or other cash and gift cards.

Avoid phishing scams. Taxpayers may receive emails with authentic-looking government logos that offer assistance in settling fake tax issues. The state Tax Department and IRS will never request personal or financial information by email.

Use strong passwords. Don’t use your name, birth date or common words. Use a different password for each of your accounts.

Use secure…

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