Last-Minute Tax Filers Fall Prey to Identity Theft Scam

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Updated: Tuesday, April 15 2014, 11:00 PM EDT
DUBLIN (Ben Garbarek) — Many people waited until the last minute to file their taxes. Recently, a few of them discovered they’re the victims of a scam.

Instead of receiving their refund, these people are getting a message from the IRS that their taxes have already been filed.  The problem is, identity thieves are the ones that filed it.

Police said some of this may stem from people providing information online.

“Some of these savvy, tech-minded people can find ways to get through electronic walls,” Dublin Police Lt. Steve Farmer said.  “When someone gets a hold of your name, date of birth, Social Security number, a couple other pieces of information and they can pretty much do anything; whether it’s a credit card, whether it’s a bank account or whether it’s the IRS.”

Dublin police report taking nine reports of this scam, including seven in the last two weeks.

One of the victims is a certified public accountant.  It just goes to show tax fraud can happen to anyone.

“If you’re not protecting your identity in all the ways you have to, it doesn’t matter,” Farmer said.  “You could be a CPA.  You could be a police officer.  It really doesn’t matter.  Any of us can be a victim if we’re not protecting ourselves.”

If this happens to you, police recommend calling them first.  You’ll likely have to call the IRS as well, but detectives can help file an identity theft report.  You’ll still likely get your refund, but it may take several months.Last-Minute Tax Filers Fall Prey to Identity Theft Scam


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