Identity Theft and Related Tax Fraud
Our lives today are full of transactions which are likely to reveal pieces of information about us. Whether it is a credit card number, a social security number, bank information, your name, address, or phone number, personal information may at sometime be used without your permission or knowledge.
Identity theft is a serious crime. Once identities are stolen it can take time and money to clean up the damage of identity thieves. Here are ways to protect your personal data:
- Limit the amount of personal information you provide on the internet. Do not respond to requests for personal or financial information through email, text, phone, or social media.
- Enable any alerts your bank or financial vendor offers; check credit reports and consider signing up for a credit monitoring service.
- Do your best to be diligent about minimizing risk, monitoring balances in accounts and looking for any unexplained charges or withdrawals.
- Report any suspicious issues immediately.
Following are some helpful resources about identity theft and related tax fraud:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Guidelines on how identity theft occurs, how to manage your information and what steps to take if you become an identity theft victim.
Identity Theft: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft or call 1 877-ID-THEFT, the Federal Trade Commission’s toll-free ID Theft Hotline
Tax Fraud: Tax Related Identity Theft
Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network
Tax Identity Theft
Internal Revenue Service (IRS):
Identity Theft Information for Tax Payers
Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR):
Protect Yourself from Identity Theft and Scams
If you think you may have been a victim of identity theft with regard to your state income tax account, call or write the DOR's Taxpayer Advocate at 617-626-2280 or firstname.lastname@example.org
National Public Radio (NPR): What Happens When Someone Else Gets Your Tax Refund http://www.npr.org/2013/02/18/172140486/what-happens-when-someone-else-gets-your-tax-refund
Social Security Administration (SSA): Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10064.pdf or SSA fraud line: 1-800-269-0271
Here are the numbers of the three credit bureaus to contact if your wallet or identity has been stolen:
- Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
- Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
- Trans Union: 1-800-680 7289
For more information or to discuss legal concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.
In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 02/18/2016