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This year’s Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is January 25-29

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It’s tax season, and you know what that means: identity thieves who want to steal your tax refund are at work. Find out how to stop them during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 25-29.

The FTC and its partners are hosting a series of events to help you understand tax identity theft, how to minimize your risk of becoming a victim, and what to do if thieves have stolen your tax refund.  Check these out:

  • January 26, 2 p.m. – an FTC webinar for consumers, co-hosted AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and Tax Aide Program. Learn how tax identity theft happens and what you can do if it happens to you.
  • January 27, 11 a.m. – the FTC and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a Twitter chat with information about tax identity theft for veterans. Join the conversation at #VeteranIDTheft.
  • January 27, 2 p.m. – the FTC, TIGTA and the VA will host a webinar with information about tax identity theft for veterans.
  • January 29, 2 p.m. – the FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center will co-host a Twitter chat about tax ID theft. Join the conversation at #IDTheftChat.

Help promote awareness about tax identity theft. We have free resources to share in your community. Want to know more about identity theft in general? Visit, the government’s one-stop resource to help identity theft victims recover.


I have received 10 phone calls - IRS telephone scam.- on my phone recorder. Phone #'s left are: 352-453-5715 and 657-230-7530 and 716-869-2844 and 305-447-2761

If you got a bogus IRS call, report the call to the FTC and to TIGTA – include the phone number it came from, along with any details you have.

Received 2 calls on our recorder within a 2 hour span. Kevin Shaw badge #594982. First call from 512-598-8001(Texas) and second call (clearly the same person) from 661-413-5323(California). Wanted a call back regarding a pending IRS criminal case file. Have notified TIGTA

It appears there is no proactive steps to take if you know someone has your so number to avoid a false return. Correct? I understand contacting credit report co will help avoid someone getting credit but it doesn't seem like there is something to do about avoiding a tax return issue. If I am wrong please advise.

For tips on how to reduce your risk, follow the link in this blog to the Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week page.

Scroll down to the line that says IRS's Identity Theft Information for Taxpayers.

Open the document from the IRS that tells how to reduce your risk.


February 2nd 2016 got a call on my answering machine from the IRS stating they were going to sue me I should call back at this number area code 509-850-3486. I checked out the area code its from Washington State. Contacted the FTC when I saw this blog I decided to post it they have been 2 calls. born at night but not last night, I know the IRS sends you certified mail they don't call you. Beware of such phone call. I live in Massachusetts

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