Especially in tax season, it is important to recognize that scammers may try to take advantage of unsuspecting victims in increasingly sophisticated ways. New technology and increased availability of personal information in the public arena have left us all more vulnerable than ever to unscrupulous tactics. Current strategies include elaborate phishing schemes, the impersonation of charitable organizations, and identity theft, among others. The link below connects you to the IRS website where they have published their annual “Dirty Dozen” list of scams. Being aware of the common avenues that scammers use is the best first step to protecting your personal information and your finances.