The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says they receive hundreds of calls every week about tax-related scams. Most people don’t report losing any money, but thousands do.
“I got a call from the Attorney General’s office saying someone is using my Social Security number,” said Katherine Beasley Daley who lost her husband in 2009.
The man who stole her social security number knew that.
“I received this letter stating that the man used it to file taxes on me and another man,” she said. “I don’t know who these people are, but I’m supposed to be married to that man, I don’t know what’s going on. All I know is they say I owe $5380.”
Tax related identity theft is becoming more common as is the IRS imposter scam.
In the scam, scammers call you, pretending to be IRS agents, and demand phony back taxes. Often the criminals threaten to call police if you hang up the phone.
“It makes me angry because I feel first of all bad for the victims, and then I feel angry that these criminals are using the IRS as a means to scare people into paying them money,” said Tim Camus, U.S. treasury deputy inspector general.
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