5 IRS Identity Theft Tips

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5 IRS Identity Theft Tips

There are a number of organizations with helpful resources if your identity has been stolen this tax season or you feel that your identity might be misused. And do you know what kinds of emails to expect from the IRS so you know that the communication is legitimate?

1. The IRS has a special office called the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit which can assist you if you feel your identity might be misused due to the loss of personal information. Contact them at 1-800-908-4490.

2. The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers through email. Therefore all email appearing to originate from the IRS are fraudulent unless in response to an inquiring that you began.

3. Visit IRS.gov for reporting scams and for reporting bogus  IRS web sites.

4. The Federal Trade Commission has similar identity theft resources and can be reached at 1-877-ID-THEFT.

5. OnGuardOnline.gov is another resource for online protections from the federal government and the technology industry.

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  1. Khadija Abdelalim Connolly
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    I have been a victim of Identity theft. Somebody has used my SSN and my children SSN and failed for tax income of 2008. Now, I’m inable to get my income. Please, your help is needed.

    Thanks in advance

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  2. Steve
    Posted June 7, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Make sure to contact the two federal groups mentioned in number 4 and 5 of the post.

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  3. Posted July 21, 2009 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    I think above steps are going to help person who are victim of Identity theft.

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  4. IDTheftReview
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    During the tax season, personal information is thrown here and there and more often than not, people prefer to make transactions online. However, what they don’t know is that chances of getting their identities stolen are even higher that way. In that case, it would be best to follow some identity theft prevention tips and conduct a regular credit monitoring. If ever that there are perceived anomalies, seek help from the authorities.
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