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AG: Stolen Social Security numbers being used to file fraudulent tax returns

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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of scams in which their identities are stolen and used to file fraudulent tax returns.

“For many families, the New Year brings hope of long awaited tax refunds,” the Attorney General’s Office said. “People may make plans to pay off debts or make significant purchases. Unfortunately, tax identity thieves may also be making plans to use those hard-earned dollars.”

“Tax identify thieves use other people’s Social Security numbers to file taxes and/or even obtain jobs,” the Attorney General’s Office said. “Most victims initially will not even be aware that this has happened. Some will be notified upon e-filing that a tax return has already been filed using their Social Security number.”

The IRS has offered the following warning signs of possible tax-related identity theft:

* More than one tax return was filed for you.

* You owe additional tax, have a refund offset, or have had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return.

* IRS records indicate you received wages or other income from an employer for whom you did not work.

If you believe you have been the victim of tax-related or any other type of identity theft, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General office can help. Go to or call (800) 382-5516 to make a complaint.





Posted 2/6/2018




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