Taxpayers can minimize the effects of data theft with these steps.

Theft of personal and financial information puts people at risk of additional problems. Thieves often use the stolen data to:

  • Sell the information to other criminals
  • Withdraw money from a bank account
  • Make credit card purchases
  • File a fraudulent tax return for a refund using a victim’s name.

Victims should follow these steps to minimize the effect:

  • Determine what information the thieves compromised
  • Place a freeze on credit accounts
  • Reset password on online accounts
  • Use multi-factor authentication if available.