Only a few days into the filing season, the IRS has already identified a new scam that began with cybercriminals accessing several tax professionals’ computers, stealing data, and then filing fraudulent tax returns.
In a few cases, the fraudulent returns used taxpayers’ actual bank accounts for the direct deposit of the refund. A woman posing as a debt collection agency official then contacted the taxpayers to say a refund was deposited in error to their bank account and asked the taxpayers to return the money to her.
When there is a suspected data theft, it is important that both FTB and IRS are notified. When notified immediately, both FTB and IRS can take steps to help protect taxpayers from tax-related identity theft.
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