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"Watchdog" Alert: Tax ID Theft & Fraud

AARP Maryland "Watch Dog," Poppy of Catonsville, reminds you to stay vigilant about the latest tax scams this season.




xFraud targeting taxpayers continues to run rampant nationwide. Watch out for these two tax crimes making headlines: tax identity theft and the IRS impostor scam.


What is it?

Your personal information is stolen for a fraudulent refund. More specifically, tax identity theft can involve:

  • filing a tax return using another person’s Social Security number,
  • claiming someone else’s children as dependents, or
  • claiming a tax refund using a deceased taxpayer's information.

Learn more about tax ID theft and scam prevention.

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