User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
News : Tax Service Sees Increase in Identity Theft This Season
Posted by Randy on 2014/4/18 4:50:00 (180 reads) News by the same author

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The deadline to file your taxes is over, but the Better Business Bureau is urging consumers to be cautious of identity theft.
Click to see original Image in a new window

Cynthia Pelt is a multi-unit supervisor at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. She's worked there for 13 years and said she has seen a noticeable increase in the number of identity thefts this tax season. She works at the location on Providence Road and said that store in particular has seen more than 20 cases in 2014.

"There's just been a lot of identity theft we've seen this year during tax season, including one that was a two-year-old little boy," Pelt said. "His identity was stolen this year when the parents came in, so that was really scary to see identity theft not only be adults but even as young as a two-year-old little boy."

Pelt said the workers had to handle the situation just as they would for an adult. She said people are often unaware their identity has been stolen until they come into the office to file their taxes. The Internal Revenue Service will only notify a person by mail in the event that their identity is stolen.

"A lot of times you don't know that you've had your information stolen until you go to file your tax return, and then at that point you get that letter from the IRS that does say somebody has already filed a tax return using your information or somebody has reported it to an employer that you never worked for," Better Business Bureau Regional Director Mike Harrison said. "At that point you can work with the IRS, but it's a long, drawn-out process to get that fixed."

Pelt said the IRS notifies tax services like Jackson Hewitt of a customer's stolen identity within 12 to 24 hours after assisting them.

Harrison said filing for taxes online is a common way a person's identity is stolen. Scam artists often send emails, texts or phone calls advertising phony tax services. If a consumer enters their social security number online through an unauthorized service, Harrison said they may be compromising their identity.

He attributes the increase in identity theft to more internet use.

"It's just so easy for people to get their information stolen when you're online," Harrison said. "You just need to use caution, you need to make sure that you have the most up-to-date spyware, malware protection on your computer. Make sure that you are very careful with the websites that you visit. Any of those unsolicited emails that you get, just go ahead and delete them."

Harrison also urges consumers to secure any paper documents and shred old files. He said doing research on your tax service is also a smart step in protecting yourself.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2014/7/25 6:26:53 - Motorcycle Accident Injures Cameron Resident Near Mooresville
2014/7/25 4:42:55 - Child Abuse Charges Include Snakes, Lizards And Alligators
2014/7/25 4:40:00 - Search Warrant Leads To Two Meth Suspects
2014/7/25 4:30:00 - 3 Convicted In $17 Million Drug Conspiracy
2014/7/25 4:26:15 - Woman Ticketed After Stopping To Help Stranded Ducklings
2014/7/25 4:22:33 - 10-Month-Old Baby Dead After Being Left In Hot Car
2014/7/25 4:15:23 - Husband Documents Wife's Reasons For Rejecting Sex, Sends To Her Work Email
2014/7/25 4:07:44 - Family Feud Sparks Revolt At Grocery Store Chain
2014/7/25 4:01:28 - Livingston County Sheriff Investigation Report
2014/7/24 11:03:48 - Two Spickard Residents Arrested On Drug Charges
2014/7/24 10:51:09 - Fire Damages Trenton Residence This Morning
2014/7/24 10:50:00 - Inmate At Daviess/DeKalb Jail Charged With Hitting Man 240 Times
2014/7/24 10:10:45 - Highway 65 And 28th Street Topic Of Meeting
2014/7/24 9:59:51 - Two Have Cases Heard In Court At Trenton
2014/7/24 9:56:09 - Caller Posing As Grundy Electric Employee In Attempt To Collect Payment
2014/7/24 9:52:51 - Trenton Resident Arrested
2014/7/24 4:46:07 - Man Caught Snapping Pictures At Pool With Concealed Camera
2014/7/24 4:35:31 - KC Leaders Endorse Ban On Openly Carrying Guns
2014/7/24 4:28:51 - Couple Arrested For Having Sex On Public Beach In Broad Daylight
2014/7/24 4:26:02 - 4-Year-Old Boy Banned From Doughnut Shop
2014/7/24 4:21:38 - Missouri Man Accused Of Leaving Infant Twins Unattended In Car
2014/7/24 4:14:50 - Arizona Execution Takes Nearly Two Hours
2014/7/24 4:09:06 - Missouri Couple Indicted On 9 Counts Of Illegal Synthetic Drugs
2014/7/23 9:17:41 - North 65 Center in Trenton To Hold Fundraiser
2014/7/23 9:11:50 - Dr. G Discusses "End Of Life"
2014/7/23 7:29:21 - Livingston County Sheriff Reports On Transports To Department Of Corrections
2014/7/23 6:39:12 - Highway Patrol: Prescription Drugs Responsible For Deaths And Emergencies Every Day
2014/7/23 6:33:00 - Spickard Board Of Education Meets
2014/7/23 6:28:38 - St. Joseph Woman Sentenced To 5 Year Prison Term For Fraud
2014/7/23 4:51:03 - Unique Church Service Caters To Deaf Community



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM