Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Family and Friends Fraud

Imagine discovering that your tax preparer had defrauded the IRS—in your name. Then imagine that this person is a friend or relative (and you're not in on the scam). According to The Bismarck Tribune, a crooked tax preparer in North Dakota was caught exploiting...

Oh Sister, Why Fraud Thou?

As any fan of crime shows can attest, criminals' patterns are usually what lead to their capture. If one get-rich-quick scheme seems to be working, why not keep it going? (Trick question.) The answer can be found in the experience of three Wisconsin sisters...

One for the Books

It takes a conniving mind to make claims to the Internal Revenue Service for more than $63 million dollars in fraudulent income tax refunds, all processed by a single tax preparation business. (It also takes a lot of chutzpah.)But federal prosecutors allege that is...

State of Deceit v. Commonwealth of Divorce

Police officers are put on this earth to help keep everyone safe and for that we are thankful. But, they are human, and therefore, imperfect. A case in Tampa tells of a police officer who cashed in fraudulent tax refund fraud checks to pay...

Social Sinners

Some people engage in religious activities to absolve their sins and cultivate spiritual connections with higher powers. And then there are those who see organized religion as an opportunity to victimize vulnerable, god-fearing folk. The Daily Leader reports on a pair of women in...

American Dollars or Canadian Bacon?

It seems that a group of Canadians, who conspired with a California convict to cheat the United States government out of nearly $10 million dollars in federal income tax refunds, aren't going to be heading over the border for french fries and gravy anytime...

Getting Taxpayers the Money they are Owed, Quickly without Identity Fraud

The Kentucky Department of Revenue's (DOR) job is not just to collect taxes, but to get taxpayers the money they are owed as quickly as possible. We are trusted stewards of taxpayer dollars, and we take our responsibility very seriously. In recent years, identity theft-related...

How a Tax Identity Fraud Scam Impacted Our Members

Early in 2014, the Maine Medical Association (MMA) began receiving reports from member physicians that they had been victims of identity theft leading to a tax refund fraud scam. They learned about the scam when they filed their state or federal tax return and...

Indiana’s Identity Protection Program – the Secret for Success

As the 2016 individual tax season begins, we must be ever vigilant in protecting that most sensitive of information – taxpayers' PII. As a 2014 Pew Research Center study clearly demonstrates, Americans have real concerns about the institutional security of their personal information. As...

Keeping Your Tax Identity Safe

With all the focus on the holidays and the excitement at this time of year, the last thing most people are thinking about is their tax returns. Unfortunately, that's exactly what tax refund thieves are counting on. They know you've had a busy December...
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