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IRS & Identity theft!!

13 Apr

சித்திரை திருநாள் வாழ்த்துக்கள்!!இந்த சர்வதாரி வருடம் இனிதே இருக்க ஆண்டவனை ப்ரார்திப்போம்!!!

I was reading something regarding tax,SSN which made to write this post!!The IRS(Internal Revenue Service) is the nation’s tax collection agency..

NINA OLSON head of the IRS taxpayer Advocate office,who reported to congress early this year that identity theft has emerged as one of the top problems facing taxpayers and said,”The IRS has no idea how many cases of identity theft exist”

Identity theft,is when someone uses our personal information such as name, Social Security number, or other identifying information, without our permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.It is a serious crime. Once identities have been stolen he/she may lose job opportunities, be refused loans, education, housing or cars, or even get arrested for crimes they didn’t commit.

phishing is one of the activity used for identity theft.According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, phishers send an e-mail or pop-up message that acts as an organization that the one who lost his identity may deal with. The message may ask to “update,” or “confirm” the account information.Some phishing e-mails threaten if he/she don’t respond. The messages direct to a Web site that looks just like a legitimate organization’s site. But it isn’t. It’s a fraud site whose purpose is to trick one into opening the personal information so the operators can steal the identity and run up bills or commit crimes.

The IRS uses the information, URLs and links in the suspicious e-mails to trace the hosting Web site and alert authorities to help shut down the fraudulent sites.

To avoid becoming an victim,IRS have given some rules,go through the following image for more details:):)

Rules!!

safety measures!!

If one’s SSN is stolen,it can be used by other individual to get a job who is actually an undocumented worker!!

That person’s employer would report income earned to the IRS using your Social Security Number, making it appear that you did not report all of your income on your tax return.

An identity thief might also use your Social Security Number to file a tax return in order to receive a refund. If the thief files the tax return before you do, the IRS will believe that you already filed and received your refund.

If you do receive a notice from the IRS that leads you to believe someone may have used your Social Security Number fraudulently, notify IRS immediately by responding to the name and number printed on the notice.

Be alert to possible identity theft if the notice or letter states that:

  • more than one tax return for you was filed, or
  • IRS records indicate you received wages from an employer unknown to you.

If you receive a notice, contact IRS either by phone or in writing as directed in that notice. IRS tax examiners will work with you and other agencies, such as the Social Security Administration, to help resolve the problem.

If you do not prepare your own return, be careful in choosing your tax preparer – as careful as you would in choosing a doctor or a lawyer. The tax preparer you select will have access to your personal financial records. Ask your friends and coworkers to recommend a preparer they know and trust. Avoid preparers who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers, or who guarantee results or base fees on a percentage of the amount of the refund.

Keep in mind that IRS does not initiate communication with taxpayers through e-mail. If you do receive this type of request, it may be an attempt from identity thieves to get your private tax information.So Better take care of your personal informations..as like your health!!:):)

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3 Comments

Posted by on April 13, 2008 in General, society

 

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3 responses to “IRS & Identity theft!!

  1. ashok

    April 15, 2008 at 6:12 AM

    Hmmm the only way to save ourself is using secure email better sign emails using PGP

     
  2. yarl

    May 19, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    சிறந்த படைப்பு
    http://www.tamil.com.nu

     
  3. shanmugapriya

    May 26, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Thanks..

     

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