State urges public to be cautious of identity fraud when filing tax refunds

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The Indiana Attorney General’s Office is urging the public to take precautions to protect themselves from identity theft during tax season.

Last year, the attorney general’s office received almost 70 complaints regarding tax-refund fraud.  In most of the cases, thieves would use a legitimate taxpayer’s personal information to file a tax return.  The victims were unaware until they were contacted by the IRS.

The IRS does not contact taxpayers by e-mail to request personal or financial information.  If you receive an unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS that contains a request for personal information, do not respond.  Instead, forward the message to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

To report tax-refund fraud call the Internal Revenue Service’s Identity Protection Specialized Unit toll-free at 1.800.908.4490. For assistance in filling out forms or for more information about the process consumers can also contact the attorney general’s office at 1.800.382.5516.

Click here for steps you can take to help protect yourself from identity theft.

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