January 30, 2017
Writer: Mackenzie Holbrook
Tax ID Theft is a big issue, especially during this time of year, while people are filing taxes. Thieves steal social security numbers to file taxes under another's name to get their tax return.
Samantha Gillihan from the Better Business Bureau said huge targets are college students and retirees because they're not necessarily filing taxes frequently.
"Whether you're a first-timer or someone who doesn't do it anymore, the federal government's really pushing to make sure people understand what's out there," Gillihan said.
Gillihan said it's something that's really easy to clear up as long as you frequently monitor your social security number and your tax returns.
She counselled people contact the IRS immediately if you see something suspicious in your tax return, if you don't receive your tax return at all, or if you get a letter in the mail from the IRS.
"Always be really protective of your identity," Gillihan said. "Keep things hidden, shred documents, don't throw away bank statements - shred those, too - whatever you need to do to really protect yourself."
Tax ID Theft Awareness Week is Jan. 30, through Feb. 3, 2017.
Click below to listen to the full interview.