FBI Warns: Fake Tax Returns Soaring
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 @ 9:34PM
By MITCH LIPKA CBS NEWS July 10, 2014
The FBI’s online fraud site, the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), issued an alert on Thursday that complaints from victims about phony tax returns being filed using their information doubled from 2013 to this year.
"Some complainants reported that before filing their 2013 taxes, they were notified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that they were being audited or under review," IC3 said in the scam alert. "Others reported receiving a rejection notice from the IRS when they attempted to electronically file their taxes."
Victims were informed that their Social Security Numbers had been used to file a return. The situation creates a considerable inconvenience to victims who must then file an identity-theft report and mail in their tax returns rather than file online.