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Florida Leads Nation in Tax Fraud

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The news program 60 Minutes recently reported that Florida leads the nation in Medicare and tax fraud–crimes that cost the U.S. billions every year. Tax refund fraud is the fastest growing cybercrime activity, requiring only a Social Security number and a date of birth to do serious damage to an individual’s financial and personal well-being.

UF’s Information Security Office maintains a list of common identity theft scams and how to spot them. (If you’re ever a victim of identity theft, download Florida’s Identity Theft Victim Kit for instructions on what to do and who to contact.)

A great way to help yourself not be a victim of identity theft is to register for the Cyber Self-Defense workshop on August 13. The workshop, led by a member of the Information Security Office staff, will provide you with practical, easy-to-follow advice and information you can then share with family and friends. Registration for this 2-hour workshop is available through myTraining.

To learn more ways to safeguard personal information, check out the Information Security Office’s Protect Yourself page.