As April 15 approaches, many taxpayer scams are already surfacing in a fraudulent attempt to gain access to private data. We wanted to share a few helpful tips from Scott Pogue, First Bank’s Information Security Manager, to help keep you—and your information—safe. Although vigilance is required from each of us all year, it’s especially important during tax filing season, keep the following in mind: • File your return early or as soon as you are able to do so. It helps to decrease the time an online criminal has to illegally file using your data. • Don’t fall for malicious fear tactics. The IRS will never reach out to individual filers via e-mail so, if you see this, simply delete it. The IRS will not warn you of an audit via e-mail, nor will a third-party step in on your behalf without warning. • Before filing online, do your homework. Research the reputation of the online company you’re going to file through and never click on an e-mail from ...