Scammers also may steal your identity and steal your refund before you can claim it.
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“It’s really important once you get your W-2’s to go ahead and complete the tax process, because scam artists are taking advantage of the fact that maybe you haven't filed yet. Once they have your personal information, your Social Security number, they can submit a phony tax return in your name,” said John North, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Dayton and Miami Valley.
To help consumers, The FTC and IRS have announced an easier way to report ID theft scams.
Victims who are required to fill out Form 14039, or the IRS identity Theft Affidavit, may now submit the form online using IdentityTheft.gov.
The website will also help taxpayers make an identity theft recovery plan.
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The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has these recommendations to help you avoid becoming a tax scam victim:
- Hang up on threatening callers.
- Avoid making payments over the phone.
- Don't interact with robocalls in any way.
- Don't trust your caller ID-many scammers used "spoofed" phone numbers to make it look like it's coming from another location.
- Contact your phone carrier about call-blocking options.
Report tax scams to the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration www.treasury.gov/tigta; the Ohio Attorney General’s Office www.ohioprotects.org; and to the BBB’s Scam Tracker www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us.
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