Thursday, January 7, 2016 / by Vanessa Saunders
By Tracy Becker - Credit Expert
Thieves find our personal information through hospital records, doctor office forms, stolen wallets, creditor compromised personal data, and more. They create a a fake tax return and file early with the IRS. Thieves change the address associated with the filer so it is near impossible for victims to catch on until they are ready to file. The crime is perpetrated either by a completely legitimate refund for a tax return being redirected to a different account, or a false (early) return filed with only the social security and name remaining accurate. A refund is sent to a false address, debit card, or account. Imagine finding out you have already filed and a check has been generated and cashed before you even handed in your return!
In 2014 the FTC received 109,063 complaints about tax ID theft. Thieves stole billions in refund money. The earlier you file the better chance you have of blocking this type of theft.
You can contact Tracy via her website - www.northshoreadvisory.com