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Tax season traditionally sees larger fraud rates than other times of the year. One factor leading to increased crime is that everyone's private, confidential, sensitive data - like social security numbers, bank account numbers, passwords, and birthdates - are being accessed and used. Tax season is often a complicated, confusing time of year for most of us and criminals take advantage of this situation by posing as Tax Accountants, Bankers, or even the IRS itself. Criminals want you to hand over your information willingly, and aren't only after your tax refund - they're after the money in your accounts, and after your Identity - which ultimately allows them to take out credit and loans in your name.
...contact the IRS. If you've already had your identity stolen, or you have had items or sensitive information stolen that may lead to Identity Theft, you may qualify to receive a unique PIN from the IRS that will be required to file your taxes. This will help prevent a criminal with your personal information from filing your refund for you and claiming your refund into their bank account.