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Identity Theft

Identity theft is the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person's private identifying information, usually for financial gain. As our world becomes more digital and we share more personal information on the Internet, this type of theft is becoming more common. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. 

If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft, please take a look at the FTC web page for valuable resources and instructions: https://identitytheft.gov


Tax Fraud

Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return with the IRS claiming a fraudulent refund. Over the past year, the IRS has reported a 400% increase in this particular type of tax fraud. Victims most often become aware of tax related identity theft when they receive a letter from the IRS informing them of a return they did not file or when they attempt to e-file and their return is rejected. 

If you believe you are a victim of tax related identity theft, please see the following resources: 

IRS Identity Theft Victim Assistance: 
https://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Identity-Theft-Victim-Assistance-How-It-Works
US-CERT Advisory on Heightened Risk During Tax Season: 
https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST15-001 
Federal Trade Commission - Tax–Related Identity Theft:
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0008-tax-related-identity-theft