Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DOJ: Tax Refund Fraud All Time High

US Attorney General Eric Holder has warned consumers and businesses that fraudulent tax refunds based on stolen identities (SIRF) is at an all time high.

Holder urged Americans to protect themselves by reporting suspicious activity and learning more at the IRS website, the Justice Department's Tax Division website, and STOPFRAUD.GOV.

"The Justice Department has seen the scale, scope, and execution of these [identity theft tax] fraud schemes grow significantly.."
- Eric Holder, US Attorney General
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Sources:
(a) Dept. of Justice: IRS tax refund fraud at all-time high - www.NetworkWorld.com, 04/07/2014

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