How to protect yourself from tax refund scammers

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The end of tax season is less than two weeks away and it’s prime time for scammers to take advantage of those waiting to get their refunds.

Overland Park, Kan., police warn people to beware of suspicious calls, emails or web links claiming to be from the IRS asking for your personal information in order to recieve your refund.

Many times scammers will take social security numbers to gain employment, sticking you with a different income than you claimed and the possibility of paying much more than you anticipated.

There’s also the chance these criminals will use your social security number to collect your refund before you get to it.

There are ways to avoid this type of identity theft. Don’t carry your social security card or any document with the number on it

  • Don’t give a business your SSN just because they ask. Give it only when required.
  • Check your credit report each year
  • Don’t give personal information over the phone, through the mail or on the internet unless you initiated the contact or you are sure with whom you are dealing.

Red flags that you could be a victim of identity theft include receiving notice from the IRS that more than one tax return was filed or that you received wages from an employer unknown to you.

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