LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3)-- You might have thought the thieves have simmered down a bit after the holidays, but it’s harvest time in January as tax papers and financial information is aplenty. Thieves are trying to trick you to steal your identity whether it’s through snail mail, the internet or even trying to catch some of us with our guard down on the phone.
“They had my full name, our house address, the city of Henderson our zip code and Bank of America where we bank,” said Francis Regan, who was nearly victimized by an identity thief earlier this week.
But Regan the situation around on the person trying to get his bank routing number over the telephone.
“And I said no, why don't you give me your telephone number? I will call you back that way I know who you are and what you're doing and I said I will be happy to talk to you. He said I can't do that,” Regan said.
That isn’t the only way thieves are trying to get people’s financial information -- they are also setting traps on the internet through email.
“Banks will not solicit personal information via the internet. The IRS is not going to solicit personal information via the internet, so if you get any type of email like that, close them out, delete them, close them out, get them off your computer,” said North Las Vegas police officer Chrissie Coon.
And Certified Public Accountant Chris Wilcox says sometimes these email links contain malware.
“it records all the keystrokes you make. Every time you get on your computer, it records those keystrokes very quickly," Wilcox said. "The bad guy is going to have your personal passwords, account numbers maybe a birthday.”
Whether it’s on the phone or through the web, the traps are being set. And if you aren’t careful like Francis Regan, you might give out precious private information to strangers to take advantage of you during tax season.