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

How 3 Women Allegedly Stole 1,000 Identities

Identity Theft

How 3 Women Allegedly Stole 1,000 Identities

How 3 Women Allegedly Stole 1,000 Identities

Some people think of identity theft as an obscure problem that will never affect them, but perhaps this will change their minds: This year, three women allegedly obtained stolen identities and filed more than 1,000 fraudulent tax returns and received more than $4 million in federal tax refunds. The indictment of Tamaica Hoskins, Roberta Pyatt… Read More

The Woman Who Stole 700 Identities

Identity Theft

The Woman Who Stole 700 Identities

The Woman Who Stole 700 Identities

A Florida woman who stole more than 700 identities was sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported last week. Earlier this year, Tia Lashonda Miller, 39, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession and aggravated identity theft. Police caught on to Miller’s escapades in 2012, when she was arrested for… Read More

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