ST. LOUIS COUNTY POLICE REPORTS INCOME TAX FRAUD SEASON IS HERE
INCOME TAX FRAUD SEASON
With tax season fast approaching, unfortunately some of you will become the victim of a tax return fraud called STOLEN IDENTITY REFUND FRAUD. You will find out if you are in one of two ways. Upon filing your return you will very soon receive back a notice from the IRS that your return could not be processed as you have already filed a joint return with John/Jane Doe, or you may receive a notice prior to filing, that the IRS believes the filing to be a fraud. The return will be a joint return with your name and social security number, another name, and a bank account for your refund to be direct deposited to.
If this should happen, the St. Louis County Police, in conjunction with the IRS and Secret Service, have a procedure in place to report this. Please have whichever notice you received with you and a few spare minutes to make a phone call. Call 636-529-8210, our dispatchers, and tell them you need to make a Tax Identity Theft report. The dispatcher will give you a report number to make note of and transfer you to our report unit, C.A.R.E., to take your report. The report will only take a few minutes to complete, and it will then be transferred to a Secret Service Agent assigned to our department to investigate. It is their wish to have you make this report by phone in this manner and your neighborhood patrol officer cannot take the report.
Please also note that the IRS will NEVER initiate contact with you by phone. You will always receive letters from them if there is an issue. Don’t fall prey to a scam wherein over the phone someone is claiming to be an IRS agent!
To go along with the above, this may be a good time to check and make sure you are not an unwitting victim of any other kind of Identity Theft. At least once a year you can run your own credit check for free to see if there are any accounts opened up in your name that you are unaware of. The three major credit reporting bureaus can all be found by going to www.annualcreditreport.com . If you should find something fraudulent, please obtain whatever information you can from the credit report and the company where the account was opened, and then call us 636-529-8210 to have an officer come to you and begin the investigation.