The College Experience

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Remember college? For most, this is the time of life to figure out who you are as a person, make new friends, experience new things and – most importantly – to be subject to identity and tax refund fraud. Okay, everyone doesn’t become subject to fraud, but according to an article in the Arkansas State University Herald, one college student is now dealing with this unfortunate life experience.

The article reports that one college sophomore received a phone call from her mother inquiring if she had tried filing her taxes; her response, a simple, ”No, ma’am.’? Panic ensued as the mother explained there was a problem. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had denied her refund application – the one she never filed. The sophomore received documents from the IRS revealing the attempt at identity fraud, and providing instructions on how to handle matters from there. (This is a great example of how the IRS is trying to help victims of identity and tax refund fraud.)

The student found that 187 employees of the college were victims of the same scam. (Well, isn’t that one big coincidence?)A college representative made a statement saying, ”We are not convinced that this situation [the student’s fraud] has any relation with the faculty tax fraud.’? The student has encouraged her peers to find out if they have become victims of tax fraud.Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Student Possibly Victim of Tax Fraud,” written by Tayna Giraldo and published by the Arkansas State University Herald on March 15, 2013.

When sophomore Japhanie Gray received a call Thursday from her mother, the last thing she thought her mother would tell her was she could be a victim of tax fraud.

”My mother called me early this morning and asked if I tried filing for my taxes. I responded, ‘no ma’am,”’ said Gray, an RTV major of Osceola. ”She was freaking out.”

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.