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Attorney General Curtis Hill warns of tax fraud 

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In the past, some participants at Adult Life Training, Inc. shared with the group that they had been harmed by tax fraud. Although this is also a lucrative mafia favorite along with credit card scams and unauthorized ATM draws, usually a relative or “friend” gets the victim’s SSN and files a massively lying tax return with the refund check mailed to the criminal, then later IRS comes back on the victim who did not even file that lying tax return and makes them repay what the criminal stole.

The victim did not file that lying return and should not be paying anything at all: the victim had nothing to do with it: IRS was deceived and got robbed: but the IRS will force the victim to prove that they didn’t do it, even though under the US Constitution a citizen is innocent until they are proven guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. These crimes disportionately injure poverty stricken persons of color but anyone can be targeted.

If you have been or think that you have been a victim of identity theft, go to www.irs.gov’s IP PIN page and request that they put an IP PIN on your account (and don’t tell family, “friends”, or anyone else your PIN) so that only you can file your return. And don’t pick a number the relative or “friend” can figure out!

What’s an IP PIN?
The IRS IP PIN is a 6-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers to help prevent the misuse of their Social Security number on fraudulent federal income tax returns.

What does an IP PIN do?
An IP PIN helps us verify a taxpayer’s identity and accept their electronic or paper tax return. When you have an IP PIN, it prevents someone else from filing a tax return with your SSN.

(https://www.irs.gov/identity-theft-fraud-scams/the-identity-protection-pin-ip-pin)

This just in from GovDelivery Communications Cloud on behalf of: Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill· Indiana Government Center South, 302 W. Washington St., 5th Floor · Indianapolis, IN 46204 · 317-232-6201. If you would like to receive official information when it is released by the sovereign State of Indiana browse to https://insights.govdelivery.com/ and indicate which topics you want emailed to you.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of scams in which their identities are stolen and used to file fraudulent tax returns.

Tax identify thieves use other people’s Social Security Numbers (SSN) to file taxes and/or even obtain jobs. Most victims initially will not even be aware that this has happened. Some will be notified upon e-filing that a tax return has already been filed using their SSN.
The federal Trade Commission also has related information on their web site at https://www.idtheftcenter.org/Cybersecurity/tax-identity-theft-awareness-week-2018

The IRS has offered the following warning signs of possible tax-related identity theft: 

  • More than one tax return was filed for you;
  • You owe additional tax, have a refund offset or have had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return, or;
  • IRS records indicate you received wages or other income from an employer for whom you did not work.

If you believe you have been the victim of tax-related or any other type of identity theft, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General office can help. Go to indianaconsumer.com or call 1-800-382-5516 to make a complaint.


Do Not Call

mobile-phoneFederal Do Not Call List

The Federal Do Not Call list is available for all PERSONAL phone numbers: land line and mobile. All you need to do is go to the government web site, DoNotCall.gov, and click REGISTER A Phone Number , or call their number, 1-888-382-1222, FROM THE PHONE NUMBER TO BE REGISTERED. For more information see their FAQ at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0108-national-do-not-call-registry.

Note: this web site does not require Javascript. Most legitimate sites do not, although they may use javascript to make the site nicer, it is not usually required.

Official Government Web Sites

Government web sites end in the official .gov top level domain name (TLD). Persons outside the government cannot get a .gov TLD, at least not legally. There are scamming organizations pretending to represent the Do Not Call list, but they are scammers trying to trick you. The real Federal Do Not call list is run by the US Government Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Your number, once added to the list, remains there until you remove it, and this service is free. Telephone solicitors must avoid calling your phone number beginning 31 days after you register it, or they must pay a heavy fine for each time they call you — if I remember right they must pay you $10,000 for each illegal call. Public Charities making their own calls, not using a telemarketing company but making the calls themselves, are exempt. Tele-scammers located outside the US are not exempt, but they are harder to catch and extract your money.

Web Site Safety

When you are presented with a link to click, mouse over the link first and carefully read where it really goes. Try the links above in this post. A common phishing trick is to use a link that LOOKS SIMILAR to what they are representing themselves to be, for example FASFA.GOV (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/) when in fact their link goes to FASFA.COM — what I feel is a loan scamming organization that tricks students into giving them their private information and agreeing to borrow money from them at high interest rates and charging them a fee under the guise of being the US Government Department of Education FAFSA web site. I see now they do have a small disclaimer in the upper right corner of their page, but that was not always the case.

Sometimes the printed words you are to click in the link are not the same as the link they point to, for example mybank.com may be what you see to click on the screen, but it really goes to mybank.com.trickster.info. If you mouse over the link and do not click, FireFox and Chrome web browsers will display the real link so you can see it before you decide to click.

Be careful. Stay Safe.