You need to be aware of a problem at the IRS's website which crooks are using file false tax returns and steal people's identities.
The bad guys have figured out it's relatively easy to create an account in your name with your social security number and steal your refund and make your life miserable.
To create an account at the IRS.gov, you simply need to enter your name, address, and social security number, then answer some questions about past addresses or loan payments. The IRS gets the information from your credit report.
Unfortunately, the information they ask for is not hard to get through other public information sources and that is just what the crooks are doing.
Once they have created an account in your name, the crooks then file updated tax returns and direct the refunds to their bank accounts.
What Should You Do
Preempt the crooks and create the account for your name and social security number as soon as possible.
Visit the IRS's website and click on the "Get Transcript Online" button on this page:
It takes about 10 minutes to complete the five page form and create an account.
If you are thinking, "how do I know this email isn't a scam?", you are welcome to call me direct for confirmation.
If you want to know more, you can read the following articles.
Brian Krebs, a reputable and respected security researcher, wrote a good summary of the problem:
Article at the New York Times:
Article at the Wall Street Journal:
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