Identity Theft Scams on Tax Refunds
The IRS is reviewing the tax returns of 91,000 deceased Americans this year on suspicion of identity theft. The New York Times has reported that fraudsters are filing thousands of false tax returns with made-up incomes and withholding information attached to the Social Security numbers and names from public lists of deceased, prisoners, and now from healthcare records, schools, and store credit accounts. The criminals have received hundreds of millions of dollars in wrongful refunds. The IRS has reviewed 30 percent of this year’s filings and found $2.6 million in fraud so far.
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