— Americans across the country will have opportunity to hear from top consumer protection authorities and get their questions answered during live tele-town hall meeting  Thousands of AARP members as well as others across the nation will have the opportunity to participate in a “telephone town hall” meeting with authorities from the U.S. Treasury Department and Federal Trade Commission about fraud prevention and consumer protection. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is hosting this nationwide live event to share information about tax-related …

— As tax time approaches, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and AARP Idaho are joining in efforts to help Gem State taxpayers avoid criminal impostors who aim to defraud them.  The problem is serious, with the Federal Trade Commission reporting that tax fraud ranked second in 2017 in types of identity theft reported, as over 82,000 reports were made last year.  But a new poll from AARP, which surveyed 1,005 Americans by phone, reveals that people may have a false sense of …

—       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. TAX ID THEFT 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 …

— With tax-filing season a prime time for identity theft scammers to prey on unsuspecting consumers, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is reminding Nebraska taxpayers that submitting their tax returns as soon as is practical can greatly reduce their chances of being victimized by a fraudulent return. The IRS reports that taxpayers lost more than $3 billion to tax-related identity theft during 2014. This scam occurs when a fraudster steals your Social Security number and files a tax return in your …