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Woman's identity stolen, false tax return filed in her name and accepted by IRS

Woman's identity stolen, false tax return filed in her name and accepted by IRS (Tim Barber/ABC7)

Audrey Alvarado became guarded after someone stole her identity and filed a false tax return.

“I have always prided myself being a trusted person-- and now I find myself second guessing,” said Alvarado.

The District’s Attorney General’s Office says it is getting hundreds of calls from similar victims. They are warning people about seven scams that ramp up during tax season, such as phone fraud, phishing, ID theft, return preparer fraud, inflated refund claims, fake charities and W-2 phishing scams. For more information about each one click here.

“Don’t ever provide your social security number. Don’t provide bank account numbers. That is information that no reasonable merchant is going to ask you,” said Philip Ziperman who is director of the AG’s Office of Consumer Protection.

Businesses can also be hit. This week ABC7 ON YOUR SIDE told viewers that thieves targeted a Montgomery County company and stole the tax forms that belong to nearly 3,000 employees.

Alvarado frequently shreds documents and changes passwords—but she still warns that anyone can become a victim.

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