Tax season is here and the fraudster is chomping at the bit, ready to file fraudulent tax returns using (stealing) your personal information. Stop the fraudster from getting your tax refund check before you have a chance to file your tax return.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Never carry your social security card in your wallet.
- Be mindful on who you give your social security card to.
- Shred all personal documents at your home.
- Store your financial documents in a safe and secure place.
- Review your financial records regular for any suspicious anomalies
- IRS will NEVER send you emails requesting your personal information online.
If you receive a notice from the IRS and you suspect your identity has been used fraudulently, respond immediately by calling the number on the notice.
If you did not receive an IRS notice but believe you’ve been the victim of identity theft, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490, extension 245 right away so we can take steps to secure your tax account and match your SSN or ITIN.
Also, fill out the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit, Form 14039. Please write legibly and follow the directions on the back of the form that relate to your specific circumstances.
If you are a victim of Identity Theft:
- Report incidents of identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.ftc.gov or the FTC Identity Theft hotline at 877-438-4338 or TTY 866-653-4261.
- File a report with the local police.
- Close any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.
- Contact the fraud departments of the three major credit bureaus:
- Equifax – www.equifax.com, 800-525-6285
- Experian – www.experian.com, 888-397-3742
- TransUnion – www.transunion.com, 800-680-7289
On January 7th, 2014, the IRS posted the latest information to help you avoid this scam. Read more “Tips for Taxpayers, Victims about Identity Theft and Tax Returns” Here: http://goo.gl/RiZ79P
Our mission at RIM is to protect your company’s assets, lessen exposure, mitigate claims losses, reduce loss ratios, identify vulnerabilities, provide proactive control measures and deter fraudulent acts perpetrated against your company, its subsidiaries, and the customers to which you serve. Linda Webb, aka The Fraud Dog, is the Founder and CEO of Risk Integrity Management, LLC.
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