Gary from North Dakota was featured on AARP Live on RFD-TV last week. He talked about his experience with income tax scams. Listen to what he had to say:
Tax time means it’s also prime time for fraudsters and con artists trying to catch you off guard and steal your refund, or worse, your good name. According to the Federal Trade Commission tax identity theft is one of the fastest growing forms of theft in the United States. It can happen when someone files a tax return using another person’s Social Security number, claims someone else’s children as dependents or claims a tax refund using a deceased taxpayer’s information.
You can watch the entire program on protecting yourself from scams here. Our panel of experts address how to spot tax scams – like getting a suspicious phone call or phony email from the IRS. They also share practical tips on protecting your personal information and your good name.
Here's another step you can take to protect yourself from fraud and scams: sign up for AARP Fraud Watch Network alerts.