It’s the tax filing season, and many people will again fall victim to identity thieves who can steal personal information and file a tax return in their name.
The Indiana Attorney General’s Office received nearly 70 complaints last year and the IRS reported receiving hundreds of reports from Hoosiers regarding tax-refund fraud.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says it’s hard to exactly determine where thieves find social security numbers, so.
In most cases, thieves used a legitimate taxpayer’s personal information to file a tax return and the victim was unaware until they were notified by the IRS. To report tax-refund fraud call the Internal Revenue Service’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490.