Wednesday, January 23, 2019

5 Tips for Protecting Yourself from Tax Refund Identity Fraud

  The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) states that 85 percent or more than 125 million American taxpayers file their taxes electronically. As we learned in yesterday's blog, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax filing industry use technically advanced solutions to...

The Importance of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

Deborah Smith, MBA, LexisNexis Risk Solutions Former Executive Director, Personal and Business Taxes, Ohio Department of Taxation Tax season has arrived. In addition to collecting and organizing statements, charitable donations, medical expenses and other tax records, it is also important to protect yourself from becoming a...

Be On Your Best Behavior

Parents have an arsenal of sayings that are usually pretty effective at getting children to behave such as, ''Stop crying or I'll give you something to cry about,'' ''You'd better wipe that look off your face,'' ''Don't make me turn this car around,'' and,...

Cabin Fever

Alaska has an estimated 67 days of total darkness in the northern most portion of the state commonly referred to as America's last frontier. The conditions can be harsh in the winter with subzero temperatures and an average of six feet of snow each...

Cashing in on the Vulnerable

Fraudsters love to cash in on the vulnerabilities of their victims, especially the disabled and the deceased. A man who owned a North Miami check cashing business cashed in on more than 2,000 victims in these two categories, netting more than $11 million in...

Child Identity Theft

Did you realize that children can be victims of identity theft? This type of fraud is hard to detect because the crime can go unnoticed for many years until the child applies for something that requires a credit check. Watch this video to find...

High Flying Fraud

Fraudsters often are apprehended for one reason, then investigators delve a little deeper to find out more than they anticipated. (It's kind of like peeling back the layers of an onion. The deeper you go, the smellier it gets.) A man who was originally...

Government Identity Theft Is Dropping…Or Is It?

When consumers hear about identity theft, their minds may instantly go to their credit cards or their bank accounts. And to be honest, the overwhelming majority of identity theft crimes involve the fraudulent use of someone's financial accounts. But that doesn't mean that the...

Identity Disorder

Identity theft is such as personal violation, but it becomes even more personal when someone steals from your house and your mailbox to get your information. A report by Lake Elsinore-Wilodmar Patch details how a 32-year-old California woman was caught stealing the identities of...

The Young and the Felonious

If you already have 15 felony ''priors,'' you'd think you'd be a bit more careful not to break the law. Alas, some people never learn. The Herald Bulletin has the story of an Indiana woman who was already serving prison time for convictions related...

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