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Scammers targetting tax returns

Posted at 5:22 PM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-02 19:22:39-05
Tax season is in full effect and many may be prolonging the process of filing, but waiting too long can give scammers a chance to file for you. 
Every year, Reba Khalil does what millions of Americans do -- file their taxes. 
Within two weeks of filing her tax returns electronically, Kahlil received a letter from the IRS saying they needed some more information. 
The letter had no explanation why the IRS needed more information. Khalil decided she would call and find out.
Once she called and spoke to an IRS agent they told her "your return is on hold until you provide us with your information." 
After persisting, the IRS said another return was filed under her social security number. 
Despite the paperwork and headache, six weeks later she received her refund check. 
But in some cases, it can take much longer. 
Susann Miller with the Better Business Bureau tells KGUN 9 that these cases happen often.
"Once a scammer files under your social security number - things become complicated," said Miller.
Many people think that scammers can't claim your taxes because they don't have a lot of information. 
But scammers only need a social security number and a name.
An address confirmation, isn't necessary. 
Miller says, scammers can change someone's address and provide a new direct deposit.
"The earlier you file, the better because the longer you wait the more time scammers have to file under your social security number."
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