Thursday, May 15, 2014

University Employees Victims of Tax Refund Fraud

As many as 39 union members, employed by a New Jersey university, have been the victims of identity theft after they learned their federal tax returns were filed in their names and the ID thieves collected their tax refund checks.
The university has issued a notice to staff about the security breach but "no direct connection to the university had been identified"
"Dozens of employees had their identities stolen and federal tax returns filed in their names after a security breach allowed access to their personal information."
- Employee union officials
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Sources:
(a) Dozens of New Jersey City University employees victims of tax refund fraud - www.DataBreaches.net, 05/09/2014


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