Tax time open season for ID thieves and IRS impersonators

Tax Time!

For many of us, April 15 brings to mind headache-inducing forms, meetings with accountants or tax preparers, and long lines at the Post Office. However, there is one group that increasingly looks forward to tax season as lucrative: identity thieves. For ID thieves, stealing an identity is just the beginning. Ultimately, they aim to turn that identity into cash. Using stolen personal information to open new lines of credit used to be the option of choice. However, in recent years the ID thieves have latched on to a new scam: using stolen identities to obtain fraudulent tax refunds.

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