(INDIANAPOLIS) - 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.
Attorney General Greg Zoeller says in most cases, thieves file a return using the taxpayers name and social security number and the funds are then electronically transferred into an account-- leaving the taxpayer unaware until they try to file.
Zoeller says, "last year alone, we had over 70 complaints-the IRS has hundreds and hundreds from Indiana, so this is becoming popular and we see it increase each year."
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.
The best advice to keeping a tax return in your pocket- file early to avoid being a victim.
To report tax-refund fraud call the Internal Revenue Service's Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1.800.908.4490.
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