Criminals are putting up old tax returns for sale on the dark web

Irina Ivanova reports:

Most people trust their accountant. But security breaches at accounting firms and legal firms are contributing to the plethora of tax information available at rock-bottom prices online, according to a cybersecurity executive.

These documents—which include prior years’ tax returns and forged W-2s—can now be had for rock-bottom prices, according to a report from Carbon Black, a cybersecurity firm. The report pulled up 10 listings of name-date of birth-Social Security number combinations, which ranged in price from 19 cents to $62. Prior-year tax forms, on sale by three different vendors, cost from $1.04 to $52. (People with higher incomes, and whose identity hasn’t yet been stolen, command higher prices.)

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