A Tax Fraud Survival Guide

Identity Theft

A Tax Fraud Survival Guide

A Tax Fraud Survival Guide

Despite tales of highly sophisticated, fluid-fingered cyber ninjas working tirelessly to penetrate heretofore impenetrable, firewalled, super secure databases, many identity thieves actually have a pretty easy job getting what they need to make a killing. The number of people out there with tight personal cyber security is fairly limited — those who only go online... Read More

Watch Out for Fake Turbo Tax Emails

Identity Theft

Watch Out for Fake Turbo Tax Emails

Watch Out for Fake Turbo Tax Emails

Scammers are targeting taxpayers by sending TurboTax customers fake emails designed to steal people’s personal and account information, according to a Feb. 4 announcement by Intuit, the parent company of the do-it-yourself tax software. Intuit said the email mimicks the company’s brand and tells recipients they need to confirm their accounts. Here’s what part of... Read More

2015: The Year in Data Breaches

Identity Theft

2015: The Year in Data Breaches

2015: The Year in Data Breaches

Every year at about this time, technology reporters typically recount the big computer crimes from the past 12 months and proclaim “The Year of the Hacker” or some such moniker. This year, it fits. Two years ago, the Target hack ushered in a new era of credit card theft awareness and ultimately helped inspire a big change in the way... Read More

9 Plead Guilty to $20M Scheme to Defraud Soldiers

Identity Theft

9 Plead Guilty to $20M Scheme to Defraud Soldiers

9 Plead Guilty to $20M Scheme to Defraud Soldiers

Eight Alabama residents and one Georgia resident pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme in which they stole thousands of identities to file more than 7,000 false tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Alabama. Over the course of nearly three years, the group defrauded the government of approximately... Read More

Tax ID Theft: Is the IRS Doing Enough to Help Victims?

Identity Theft

Tax ID Theft: Is the IRS Doing Enough to Help Victims?

Tax ID Theft: Is the IRS Doing Enough to Help Victims?

Tax-related identity theft was the most common complaint consumers filed with the Federal Trade Commission in 2014, as it has been in previous years, and the number of complaints increased more than 2,300% — no, that figure isn’t missing decimal points. Those complaints cover all sorts of things, from reports of callers impersonating the Internal... Read More

The Most Surprising Tax Complaint in America

Identity Theft

The Most Surprising Tax Complaint in America

The Most Surprising Tax Complaint in America

Tax ID theft has grown so quickly that it accounts for one-third of all consumer complaints about the crime, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. And complaints about fake IRS agents trying to scam consumers grew more than 20-fold last year, the agency said. The problem is so bad that the agency created Tax Identity... Read More

It’s Tax Season. Do You Know Where Your Mail Is?

Identity Theft

It’s Tax Season. Do You Know Where Your Mail Is?

It’s Tax Season. Do You Know Where Your Mail Is?

During the holiday season a missed or stolen package can be aggravating, which is doubtless why you eagerly watched for deliveries all December, calling the nanosecond you suspected a problem. Unfortunately, many employers don’t send tracking numbers when the packet of vital documents marked “Important Tax Information Enclosed” hits the mail destined for your home... Read More

18 College Students Arrested in Tax Identity Theft Ring

Identity Theft

18 College Students Arrested in Tax Identity Theft Ring

18 College Students Arrested in Tax Identity Theft Ring

In November, the U.S. District Attorney of Southern Florida charged 18 Miami Dade College students for allegedly using stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns and receive the refunds on their student bank accounts, but investigators think there are more people who have carried out the scheme, the Miami Herald reports. Higher One accounts allow... Read More

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