CSA-Quick Tips to Avoid Being Hooked

Quick Tips to Avoid Being Hooked:

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Take a moment to consider the sender and the request. If there is a sense of urgency that some “awful” event will happen if you don’t react immediately, it’s very possibly, if not probably phishing. Nothing sent in email is so urgent that you can’t take a moment to consider it before acting.

Don't Click

Any time you need to update an account or check on your purchases, go directly into your account and check it that way. Don’t click a link or attachment sent in email. Check all your accounts by logging into your account using a bookmarked link or by carefully typing the URL into the browser address bar.

Snail Mail

Remember that the IRS still uses the U.S. Postal Service to initiate correspondence. If you get an unsolicited email or text message from the agency, it’s most likely phishing; especially if it has an included link or attachment.


If you are suspicious of any link or attachment, regardless of whether it’s a document, spreadsheet, text file or any other file type you receive in email or by text message, pick up the phone and call the sender to verify it before clicking it.

 Keeping these few tips in mind will help you avoid becoming a victim of phishing and/or identity theft.