Unsuspecting Taxpayers Scammed by Identity Thieves E-Filing False Returns

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New Mexico’s Tax Secretary has warned against criminal enterprises that are targeting taxpayers and filing false income tax returns by using stolen personal information. The suspects in this ongoing scheme – who managed to steal nearly $139,000 from 73 fraudulent returns — stole personal information like “name, address, and Social Security number — and then filed false personal income tax returns using that information. All these returns were filed electronically,” according to an official statement released by New Mexico’s Taxation and Revenue Department.

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.

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  1. April 12, 2011

    […] thieves have stolen millions of dollars by filing fraudulent returns with the names and personal information belonging to other people. They can trick victims into disclosing their Social Security numbers by posing as the IRS in […]